City council members will vote Thursday on a proposed “illegal street racing spectator ordinance.”
Police Lieutenant Bill Beerman says the late night races attract crowds of up to 150 people and that leads to a long list of problems. "Drinking in public, trash being left, vandalism, along with the threat to public safety not only to the drivers involved but also to some of the spectators. So what we’re trying to do is eliminate the problem of street racing by eliminating the spectators."
He says the city needs a tougher law to help police stop the races. "We try to stop as many spectators as we can but the laws are really limited. It would be curfew violations, drinking in public, that type of thing and it really doesn’t address the problem sufficiently of street racing itself."
If council members adopt the ordinance, officers will be able to fine a spectator up to $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second.