DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a Sunday night tradition along MLK and Malcolm X Boulevards. Nysha Jarriett and her friends gather at the car wash to get their cars polished, crank up the music, and cruise.
“Just having fun,” said Jarriett.
“This is what we do every Sunday, we have fun, every Sunday,” explained a man, who introduced himself simply as ‘Woo.’
This Sunday was different, though, as Dallas police kicked off a summer-long initiative to stop to the flood of cars usually parading through the area.
“We would have generally hundreds of cars out here, and several thousands of people,” said Lt. Charles Epperson. “There’s no way in the world we’d be able to stand here on the average Sunday, say 6:30 in the evening. There’d be cars- bumper to bumper.”
Barricades now make it difficult to park, and officers are standing by to write tickets for the smallest of infractions, like illegal vending at the car wash.
“You have public drunkenness, you have rowdiness, you have illegal parking, you have illegal vending, and who knows what else that we just have not detected,” said Lt. Epperson.
Epperson says the police action comes after complaints from people who live in the area.
Those looking to have fun, though, say they’re being unfairly targeted by police for doing something that’s not even illegal.
“We don’t bother nobody. They don’t do anything but mess with us. They need to just quit,” said Woo.
But, with the city now drafting plans for a ‘no cruise zone,’ repetitively driving down this street could soon get you slapped with a fine. Other cities have used the zones to cut down on congestion.
For now, in Dallas, the job is in the hands of police, who warn they’ll be back next Sunday.