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It's cruising season, SPD increases patrols to combat traffic issue

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It's spring and that means cruising season for Shreveport Police Department. The nuisance offense cruising, as defined by police, entails offenders driving slowly up and down streets, slowing traffic and blocking roads and businesses. Loud music, fighting and gun shots are also associated with cruising. Sunday, S.P.D. kicked off its yearly initiative to curb and control cruising.

"We have a pretty good showing of force," Cpl. Marcus Hines said.

Hines says more than two dozen officers will be putting in overtime for cruising patrols. He says over the years, extra patrols seem to have dropped the number of cruisers on Shreveport's roads.

"The word gets out there. People don't want to go to jail," Hines said. "Again, this is something you can control by simply avoiding the behavior."

Hines says the cruising patrols don't focus on any particular group of people and isn't meant to drive people away from parks and other outdoor spaces. He says the patrols are meant to ensure safety and order. That's because there's always a bad egg that may present a danger to the public.

"Not all, but in some cases we've seen very erratic driving, very reckless driving, some impaired drivers," Hines said.

The City of Shreveport grants S.P.D. the extra cash it needs for the cruising initiative. Hines says the extra patrols will continue through Memorial Day, but police will have a presence all summer to help control cruising. Police will also focus those extra patrols on the weekends when cruising is at its peak.

 

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