Street racing breaks laws, endangers drivers and community

Auto racing is a multibillion dollar industry involving a bevy of professionals ensuring a certain level of safety. Street racing is a crime involving little or no regard for safety and can put participants on the wrong side of the law in several ways.

“Street racing is against the law, period,” said Jesse Roybal, a public information officer for the Metropolitan Police Department. “It can violate multiple laws. There’s not just laws against racing, but you could be cited for speeding, aggressive driving, reckless driving and a number of other violations. More importantly, when you’re driving at excessive speeds, you’re putting other people’s lives at risk — not just your own.”

Metro doesn’t keep statistics on street racing. Often, police have a situation that involves speeding or an accident that could have been related to a race, but there are no known witnesses. It is an issue for which police patrol the community, particularly when they are aware of an area that has become a street-racing hot spot.

“It can be any good stretch of road with low traffic,” Roybal said. “Not all street racing happens in the middle of the night. If a street has low traffic at 7 p.m., that could be when it’s used for racing.”

The risk to fellow drivers and pedestrians can be greater in the valley because of the 24-hour nature of the town.

“We have people coming and going to work 24 hours a day,” Roybal said. “It’s not just people who are racing who are using the street. The people on the roads at 2 in the morning aren’t bad people. It’s normal, everyday people; it’s everyone.”

Roybal said speed limits are set for a number of factors that might not be apparent to the general public, such as proximity of school zones, hidden crosswalks, blind corners, shopping areas and other reasons.

“Have some respect for your fellow community members,” Roybal said. “If you’re speeding, and you recognize a threat, now you’ve driven farther than you can logically make that decision to apply brakes or a steering maneuver.”

Roybal recommends safe and legal drag races, such as Midnight Mayhem at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The event is meant to provide a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The next one is set from 6 to 11:30 p.m. April 3.

“We have 12 to 15 events each year,” said Jeff Motley, spokesman for the facility. “We’ve had as many as 400 or 500 cars and a couple of thousand spectators out here. It all depends on the time of year and the weather.”

The races are set up on the speedway’s drag strip. Drivers and vehicles are paired up and race down the quarter-mile track. Safety crews are on hand, and the same safety built into the track for dragsters is available for the street vehicles.

After the finish line, there is a long, uphill stretch for vehicles to slow down. Motley said no racer has had to make use of the sand pit at the end of the track, designed to stop dragsters who are unable to slow down in time.

“I’m sure we’ve all been driving down the road and had someone go past us a lot faster than they should,” Motley said. “This is the place you can drive as fast as your car can go without putting the public at risk.”

Illegal street races are often over quickly. Anyone spotting a street race is encouraged to call the police using the nonemergency number 311.

“Even if the racers are gone, it helps officers determine if that area might be becoming a particular place for street racing,” Roybal said. “If we know where it’s happening, we can patrol for that activity and curb it.”

Contact East Valley View reporter F. Andrew Taylor at ataylor@viewnews.com or 702-380-4532.

ad-high_impact_4
Local
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like