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Santa Ana Police Crack Down on Cinco de Mayo Cruisers

SAPDSANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Cruising the streets in Santa Ana is something of a Cinco de Mayo tradition, but police say it causes traffic nightmares and sometimes, violent crime.

Officers were out in force Sunday night in Santa Ana to enforce traffic laws and crack down on cruising.

Cruising on Cinco de Mayo is part of the culture in Santa Ana, as drivers roll around the city showing off their flashy cars.

But cops say those drivers better be aware if they plan to hit the streets.

“We are going to be enforcing any traffic-related laws,” said Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas.

The police department was on full alert Sunday, out in numbers, closing streets and enforcing the law.

“Every year, we have a lot of traffic congestion, we have crimes that are committed as a result of a lot of vehicles being a very small space,” Rojas said.

The problem comes from the fact that Cinco de mayo events attract thousands from all over Southern California, police said. They say cursing causes gridlock and violence.

“I want to make sure we keep things peaceful and keep traffic flowing through the city,” Rojas said.

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