BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There is no doubt about it, Cruisin' the Coast is a hit this year. On Friday, almost 5,000 cruisers were registered and even more were on the streets. Highway 90 was one of the main drags for all the cruisers.
Antique cars all the colors of the rainbow cruised up and down Highway 90 throughout the day.
Officer Tino Cunha said, "It will dissipate some time around two or three o'clock in the morning, and it will start again Saturday. It will start probably a lot earlier since people are off, and it's the weekend. So, probably around noon or so it will start to get heavy again."
Traffic was heavy from Gulfport to Biloxi and at times backed up for miles. Officer Cunha with the Biloxi Police Department's Traffic Division said although some areas can be congested, there have not been any major problems.
"So far the problems have been small. We are going to try and concentrate on the major infractions. Obviously, we are going to try and enforce every single law; however, we are going to concentrate on the major infractions (like) the extended burn outs the people try and do on the roadway," said Cunha.
If and when more cruisers line the streets Cunha said the department has a plan in place to help those trying to get to their destination.
"We do have some barricades set out in case traffic gets so heavy that we'll have to flow them east and west for a long period of time. We'll block off some of the cut offs in the medians so they don't cross to further block traffic," said Cunha.
More patrolman and traffic units were on duty to try and help with the thousands of cruisers that were out on the roads, but Cunha said there is something cruisers can do to help keep the traffic flowing.
Cunha said, "Most of the cruisers, if they would stay in the right lane and leave one of the lanes open for normal traffic, that would help a little bit."