Warren police move to curb speeders, drag racers

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 4, 2021

 Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said an enforcement effort that targeted speeders, careless drivers and drag racing on Mound Road on March 20 would be a multiphase program that would also target Ryan Road, Eight Mile Road and other areas.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said an enforcement effort that targeted speeders, careless drivers and drag racing on Mound Road on March 20 would be a multiphase program that would also target Ryan Road, Eight Mile Road and other areas.

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WARREN — Citizen complaints about lead-footed drivers in part prompted a recent crackdown on speeding and drag racing along Mound Road, Warren police officials said.  

Tickets for speeding, careless or reckless driving, drag racing and operating a motor vehicle without a license were among the citations issued on Mound between 10 Mile and 14 Mile roads on March 20. Capt. Lawrence Garner of the Warren Police Department’s Patrol Division said 23 violations were issued over a four-hour span.

“We’ve been receiving several complaints of fast traffic on Mound,” Garner said. “It’s not based solely on complaints. We also have our traffic trends, and what our officers are seeing out on the road. We base a lot of that on accidents.”

The complaints, data and observations from patrol officers led to the effort on Mound, where specific citations ranged from defective equipment to exceeding the posted nonexpressway speed limit by 26-30 mph, a four-point violation that comes with a $240 fine.

For whatever reason, Garner said it appeared that speed has been on the rise during the pandemic.

“We’re just trying to make sure that people are being safe out there so we’re not seeing these serious, deadly accidents,” Garner said.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said “Operation Drag Racing” would be a multiphase program that will also target Ryan Road, Eight Mile Road and other areas.

“Many of our streets have become unsafe to travel,” Dwyer said, citing concerns expressed by residents about “constant drag racing and speeding.”

“We’ll be continuing these efforts throughout spring and summer, different areas of the city where excessive speeds have been reported,” Dwyer said.

He added that a similar effort was launched by the Detroit Police Department last year.

Garner confirmed that one arrest was made during the enforcement effort. He said a driver who was pulled over for a moving violation was taken into custody on an unrelated felony warrant issued by another jurisdiction.

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