By Charles Sercombe
For the past year, an after-school ritual has played out in the neighborhood of Brombach near Evaline.
At about 3 p.m. some male students leaving Oakland International Academy High School hop in their cars and speed off down Brombach.
It’s a wild scene with drivers squealing their car wheels, honking at each other and racing.
“I’m surprised no one has been killed,” said one neighbor who asked not to be identified.
Another neighbor, Angel Salatrik, said residents are “beyond frustrated and are worried for the kids coming home from school, who have to cross the street.”
She added that “I wish the cops would sit on Brombach daily at 2:45 to 2: 55 p.m. and give tickets out to these dangerous drivers.”
Some of the students even got aggressive with a Review reporter, pulling over and giving the reporter the finger.
Police Chief Anne Moise said her department is aware of the complaints.
“We have been monitoring the traffic situation on Brombach for quite some time and try to have officers there during peak times as much as possible,” Police Chief Anne Moise told The Review.
This week and last week, residents had their concerns answered. Police officers were seen each day pulling over students. Moise said during the past several days over 100 traffic tickets were issued in that area.
“This should be a reminder to all, especially young drivers about the dangers of reckless driving habits and excessive speeds,” Moise said. “Afterall, the speed limit in Hamtramck is 25 mph for almost all of the city.”
Hamtramck is not alone with teenage drivers menacing the streets. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in this country.
According to the CDC, in 2016 over 2,400 teens died from car accidents, and almost 300,000 were injured.
Why are teens such dangerous drivers?
Inexperience is the main reason, and when you combine that with immaturity, speeding, drinking, and texting while driving, it’s a lethal combination.
Feb. 15, 2019
Edited for clarity on Feb. 17,, 2019