Royal Oak police to ramp up enforcement on Woodward Avenue

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 27, 2021

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ROYAL OAK — As temperatures heat up, so does Woodward Avenue in terms of hot rods, burning rubber and the crowds that gather along the thoroughfare.

In anticipation of an annual increase in noise, unsafe driving, loitering and littering complaints, the Royal Oak Police Department announced March 19 that it would increase patrols.

For decades, Woodward Avenue has been host to summertime cruising. While it’s lawful to cruise the road, the Royal Oak Police Department announced it will take strict enforcement actions on vehicles being driven in a manner that is unsafe or violating traffic laws.

“It’s definitely a challenge for the residents and business along Woodward, just with the extra activity of squealing tires and the noise,” Royal Oak Deputy Police Chief Mike Frazier said. “Congregating in private parking lots also affects businesses because people leave their litter around and take up spots so patrons can’t park.”

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said that while racing is a small part of the problem, most residents complain about loud vehicles, engine revving and quick takeoffs from stop lights.

“Last year, we got a tremendous amount of complaints,” O’Donohue said. “I do think it’s a combination of people that were home all day without much else to do and more people trying to enjoy their backyards.”

He said police will be issuing citations for reckless or careless driving and noise violations.

“We’re going to have extra patrols in the area giving tickets for illegal activity,” he said. “The other issue is people who congregate in private parking lots.”

He said police, at the behest of local business owners with private lots along Woodward Avenue, would be clearing out the lots and issuing tickets for parking violations and littering.

The effort is part of an ongoing initiative to reduce unsafe driving and maintain the quality of life for residents and businesses along Woodward Avenue.

“We will continue to evaluate these efforts and explore solutions to ensure Royal Oak is always a great place to live, work, and play,” a police press release on the topic states.

For more information, contact the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3500.