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City Council working to curb street racing in Tucson

Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 09:33:19-05
City Council is working on a new plan to stop street racing in Tucson at its study session Tuesday.
 
Police say despite efforts to break up the races, the problem is not going away, especially in the Eastside and Southside neighborhoods.
 
Council members from Wards Two and Four, where street racing is most rampant, are bringing a new city-wide ordinance to the Council.
 
The new ordinance would:
  • Allow the cars involved in street races to be impounded
  • Charge everyone participating in the race with a Class 1 Misdemeanor (up to 6 months in jail and a $2,500 fine) 
Since the language of the ordinance includes everyone participating, even people watching could get that misdemeanor--not just the drivers.
 
Tucson Dragway is a place to legally race your car or motorcycle here in town, but police say it's not taking the most dangerous drivers off the streets.
 
City Council could vote to approve the new street racing ordinance as soon as their next meeting.