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Police to crack down on River Street cruising

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Police are taking measures to cut down on cars cruising on River Street.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers from the Downtown Precinct will be shutting down parts of River Street to cars. Police say have received complaints from businesses and residents near the riverfront.

More officers will be added to crackdown on loud music from vehicles and other offenses. 

At 10:30 p.m., River Street will be closed to drivers behind City Hall, just east of the Hyatt Hotel, according to police. Traffic will being diverted up the Bull Street ramp. Traffic on the ramp will be reversed so cars can only exit from River Street. Traffic on River Street and the ramp will return to normal about 3 a.m., according to police.

Signs are going up to alert drivers of the changes. Emergency responders, touring companies, taxi companies and businesses in the area have been alerted of the closure.

"While this action may be frustrating to a few, it is necessary to address issues in the Riverfront area to assure the safety of all," said Police Chief Willie Lovett in a statement. "The increase in cruising, behavior of some of the occupants of the vehicles on the street, and the number of pedestrians enjoying our Riverfront present opportunities for problems if we don't address them."

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