Police ramp up security for Back to the Bricks

In just a few days thousands of people will be cruising into Flint for the annual classic car show on the downtown bricks. Behind the scenes there's a carefully coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to make sure this yearâ??s Back to the Bricks is a smooth ride all week long.

Michigan State Police, the Genesee County Sheriff's department and local police departments will be policing the event as one jurisdiction, keeping a close eye on traffic offenses and alcohol in public areas.

Spectators will be asked to use the crosswalks. All along the route, people will notice signs reminding cruisers and spectators to enjoy themselves responsibly.

Back to the Bricks founder and chairman Al Hatch said, â??Each year we learn something and it gets better and better and better. Any large event like the Boston marathon for example, you have to be cognizant no matter where you're at."

Hatch also announced Friday he will be retiring after this yearâ??s event. Long-time committee member and Buick Club of America Assistant Director Roberta Vasilow will chair next year's event.