Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Prepare For More Traffic Loops, DUI Stops, and License Plate Scans
According to Miami Beach police chief Ray Martinez, the holiday weekend will look a lot like it did last year: traffic loops, cops scanning license plates along the bridges, and regular DUI stops.
It might sound like a helluva hassle, but there are several recent reminders of what can go wrong on the craziest weekend of the year, from zombie-attack victim Ronald Poppo's video release to the lawsuit Raymond Herisse's family announced it was filing earlier this week.
- Three Cops Hurt, Multiple Bystanders Wounded In South Beach Urban Beach Weekend Shootouts
- Family of Raymond Herisse, Man in 2011 Memorial Day Shootout, Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
- Ronald Poppo, Miami Zombie Victim, Releases Video Message
Last Memorial Day was Martinez's first in charge, and the first since the disastrous 2011 shootout in which cops opened fire on Herisse's car, killing him and wounding seven others, including three cops and four bystanders.
(Herisse was later identified as a suspect in a 2010 attempted robbery in Boynton Beach. Police say a handgun was found hidden in his car after the Memorial Day weekend shooting, although he apparently did not fire it. His death remains under investigation.)
As a response, Martinez introduced a plan including a traffic loop, automated license plate scanning on the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur causeways, and regular DUI checkpoints. At the time, some locals slammed the idea.
"My concerns are the same they've been with the last ten Urban Beach Weekends," said Herb Sosa, head of the Unity Coalition. "I applaud the Beach for trying to come up with ideas, but I still don't see any evidence they can handle this kind of a mass of people."