Last Friday, we saw something that’s never occurred in Hamtramck.
The Police Department set up a check lane, so to speak, on Jos. Campau in front of Glory Market to see if drivers and their passengers were wearing seatbelts. It’s not unusual for state police to beef up traffic enforcement during Memorial Day weekend, but it’s pretty much unheard of in Hamtramck.
Considering Hamtramck’s limited budget, we would not expect extra officers on patrol during the weekend. But the city now has two officers assigned specifically to traffic patrol. Subsequently, more and more drivers have been ticketed for all sorts of traffic offenses.
That’s a breath of fresh air.
For some reason, Hamtramck drivers are some of the worse in the metro area. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone comes up with yet another outrageous move.
Some of our “favorites” include swerving first left to make a right.
Done suddenly of course.
Or passing at a high speed on the right side of the lane.
Or stopping suddenly to make a turn.
Or riding your bumper.
Or speeding through a red light without a care in the world.
Or, driving as slow as possible.
Well, you get our point.
The way we figure it, in a few more years of aggressive traffic enforcement, Hamtramck may be a decent place to once again drive.