Hagerstown City Police are getting tough on drivers cruising and causing a commotion after midnight in the area of Public Square.
For the past two weeks, local police have prohibited cars from turning left onto Potomac Street off of Franklin Street during late night and early morning hours, primarily on weekends.
There has been noticeable decrease in traffic and noise in the targeted area, Capt. Robert Hart said.
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"It's more inconvenient to cruise the circuit all the way to Prospect Street to come to the Square," Hart said.
The effort is a response to "complaints about cars continually circling the block around the square yelling at pedestrians," he said.
Hart said those causing the problem don't fall into a single category.
"I don't want to blame it on the kids. It's kids, young adults and adults," he said.
City officials decided against creating a "no cruising" ordinance, which would allow police to cite drivers passing a certain area excessively, he said.