Taylor Police Announce Several Changes for Telegraph Cruise

TAYLOR, MI – The annual Telegraph Cruise is right around the corner, and Taylor Police announced several new measures in an effort to ensure enjoyment and safety along the route in the community.Telegrph Cruise

Hot rodders and classic car enthusiasts and spectators from throughout Southeast Michigan will converge on Telegraph Road for the annual cruise on Saturday, July 23. Many cars and crowds will also gather the evening before, on Friday, July 22, for an unofficial kickoff.

Official event hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 23.

Taylor Police ask cruise-goers to note the following:

  • Cruise-goers should note that no mini-bikes, golf carts or four-wheelers will be allowed on the Taylor portion of the event route this year. Such vehicles will be ticketed and towed
  • Tents will be installed in the median and staffed by Taylor Auxiliary Police officers. That will give emergency responders a good visibility along the route
  • Spectator crowd barricades along Telegraph Road will be moved back approximately three feet from roadway. That will provide for better and safer separation between the crowd and sidewalk. Those barricades will be placed on Thursday July 21
  • Taylor Police and the City of Taylor will post of signs clearly defining criminal violations
  • Police will have a “zero tolerance” policy with items thrown into roadway, especially bleach
  • No “burn outs” by vehicles will be allowed and will also be ticketed
  • Police will close key side streets to eliminate any problems in surrounding neighborhoods
  • Telegraph Road will be closed to north- and southbound traffic at approximately 10 p.m.
  • Police will use outside agencies for assistance during the cruise
  • A plain clothes party patrol will aid in controlling problems in the crowd

“Spectator and participant safety is always our No. 1 concern in any event as big as the cruise,” Police Telegrph Cruise-1Chief Mary Sclabassi said. “Our aim is to make this is friendly, safe day for everyone involved. Mini-bikes, golf carts and four-wheelers do not interact well with the cruise traffic patterns. Telegraph Road is an extremely busy street, and having recreational vehicles going in and out of traffic and through crowds is a major safety concern.”

Spanning the communities of Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford Township, the event draws thousands of fans. It is always held on the fourth weekend of July. Car club members and classic vehicle owners alike are encouraged to display their wares along Telegraph Road.

Several business owners and operators along the Telegraph corridor make their parking lots available to cruisers and spectators, while others are hosting other cruise-related events. Many businesses hold special events throughout the day.

City officials caution that special event permits are required.

Originally the Telegraph Tomorrow Classic Car Cruise, it was named for the Telegraph Tomorrow Association that worked to improve and promote the U.S. 24 (Telegraph Road) corridor.