Council makes cruising prohibition official law
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
Hoping to curb some of the nighttime traffic in downtown Hagerstown, the City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a law prohibiting cruising on some of the city's main streets.
The council voted 3-1 to pass the anti-cruising law, which goes into effect Dec. 29.
Councilman Lewis C. Metzner voted against the law.
During previous council meetings, Metzner has said the law seems to ban a legal activity in an attempt to catch criminals, and he would prefer finding other ways to discourage cruising around downtown.
Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has said one reason the law is needed is that those cruising the streets provide good cover for those in the market for illegal drugs.
Bruchey also has said the law will improve the quality of life for downtown residents by eliminating or reducing the noise caused by cruisers.