Plan to curb drag racing targets spectators


A city councilor is proposing changes to the traffic code to help put an end street racing by going after those involved, including the spectators.

“Street racers take over certain streets and I’m telling you they race down those streets over 100 miles an hour,” City Councilor Brad Winter said.

In November, incessant drag racing prompted neighbors in the Mesa del Sol community to request the city install speed bumps along Bobby Foster Road.

Additionally, in a more serious 2017 case reported by News 13, a witness told police drag racers crashed into and killed an elderly couple off Coors and Gonzales who were on the way to church.

“Save the racing for the track, not for the streets,” the victims’ son, Benny Lucero, Jr. said. 
“The streets are for commuting, not for racing.”

Winter wants to amend the ordinance now because he said it’s the time of year when street racing becomes even more common.

“They’re really working on social media, they know exactly where they’re going,” he said of the spectators.

According to the amended ordinance, the spectators make it hard for police to track down racers because they use police scanners and their cell phones to avoid officers.

The new statute would not only make it illegal to race but to knowingly watch within 200 feet of a planned race.

The amended ordinance also takes out the current language that allows drag racing as long as there is written permission from the chief of police. 

The only exemptions would be for licensed race courses or in areas supervised for police training.

The ordinance will be introduced to city council on Monday.

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