Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Prepare For More Traffic Loops, DUI Stops, and License Plate Scans

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Officers surround Raymond Herisse's car on Memorial Day 2011
Memorial Day is here again, Miami, leaving beach residents and visitors alike wondering what the city has planned.

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.

See also:
- 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."


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run.randrand
run.randrand

THEY RAN OUTTA THE "DECAPITATE MY FOOL PENCIL-NECKED HEAD BY SNATCHIN' THE GOLD HORSE CHAIN" PARA-DYNE---SO OFF THEY SCAMPERED TO "THE CHAIN- SAW"-GRASS MILLS OUTLET MALL  FOR A BIT OF "HOLIDAY FIVE-FINGER-DISCOUNTING"!!!!

run.randrand
run.randrand

"Build a police state-they won't come-business will shrink, the weeds and crabs will return...>>>>>"In-the-cir-cle-of life"! <<<<<(ya gotta pay-ya-gotta pay..!)

Eric Santa Rosa
Eric Santa Rosa

Miami Beach Police hope something goes wrong. They love to shoot. U can say all the racial shit u want about the people coming down. (But of course u will say it here..not to them) If Miami Beach really had a problem with Memorial day weekend they would protest. and not except the money from the people coming down. No hotel rooms, no shopping, no clubs. Oh wait...that's right..they like the money but not the people giving them the money.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Like, why would any rational person go anywhere near there?

mistrwrong
mistrwrong

Last year was much better. I live on the beach and it was good to see a balance between the folks who want to have fun and the folks who live here.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

You know someone's getting shot. These hoodboogers can't control themselves in public, they like making a scene.

JoEl Vargas
JoEl Vargas

American Ghetto comes to Miami...again!

newshawk
newshawk

Michael - the face-mauling occurred in Miami, not Miami Beach.

newshawk
newshawk

But why let the facts get in the way of a sensational story, right?

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