Police Prepare For 'Back To The Bricks' In Flint 7-26-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Police Prepare For 'Back To The Bricks' In Flint 7-26-2010

Genesee County’s signature summertime event is just a few weeks away, and local law enforcement agencies have a new plan for handling crowds.
The Back to the Bricks Committee of the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau held a news conference at the Grand Blanc Township Police Department Monday to announce public safety agencies will join forces to police the five-day festival.
Back to the Bricks chairman Al Hatch, alongside representatives from at least eight police agencies, announced their intention to put into effect a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal activities during the 6th annual cruise festival.
“The safety of spectators and cruisers is, and always has been, our top priority,” Hatch said. “We have a world-class event, and we want to keep it that way.”
The event, which attracted more than 250,000 car enthusiasts in 2009, has grown exponentially since its inception in 2004 and local public safety agencies are taking extra steps to ensure the event.
Police "Zero Tolerance Policy" Includes:
  • Burnouts -- no pouring of liquid on street to encourage it
  • Open consumption of alcohol outside licensed establishments
  • Traffic violations including careless and reckless driving

As part of the policy, arrangements have been made so that anyone arrested for disorderly conduct or similar criminal activity will be immediately removed from the event and transported to the Genesee County Jail.
The free festival begins Aug. 17 in downtown Flint.
On The Web: http://www.backtothebricks.org
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