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Council Adopts Cruising Rules

Cruisers just don't cruise. They obstruct traffic, are noisy and disruptive, and tie up police resources that are needed in the 14th District and other sections of Milwaukee. 

Ald. Zielinski co-sponsored a plan to seize cars that are used repeatedly in cruising. The measure defines cruising as "unlawful assemblies involving motor vehicles." If police determine that a vehicle is involved in two or more events, they can ask a judge to declare the vehicle a public nuisance. If the judge agrees, police can seize the vehicle. "The objective of this ordinance is to toughen the penalties for cruising so we can free up police officers for patrols in the 14th District and in other parts of the city when needed," said Ald. Zielinski, who also supported an ordinance to double fines for cruising-related offenses.

"At the end of the day it's about using our police manpower and resources in the most effective and efficient way," he said.