City of Tucson passes ordinance to crack down on street racing - Tucson News Now

City of Tucson passes ordinance to crack down on street racing

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson city council passed a street racing ordinance Wednesday night.

Taking part in street racing in any way is now a class one misdemeanor and the vehicle will be impounded. Previously, a car would only get impounded if the street racer was driving on a suspended license.

Some street racers tell Tucson News Now, this new ordinance will do little to keep them off the streets.  

One street racer, who wished to stay anonymous, said this new ordinance will make things more dangerous on the streets of Tucson.

"It means everyone is going to jump in their cars without second thought. They're not going to care who they hit, if they have to hit another car, hit another person to get out. And that's what we don't want. We don't want there to be any accidents. We want everyone to get in and out safely," he said.

Before the ordinance, he said people would simply get in their cars and leave if they saw police while street racing.

The Tucson Police Department has responded to more than 1,500 calls about racing in a four-year period.

The are 15 known street racing locations in Tucson are:

  • Kolb and Science Park 
  • Littletown/Centennial
  • Old Vail
  • Valencia to Houghton
  • Houghton/Valencia
  • Los Reales/Swan
  • Hughes Access/Aerospace Pkwy
  • Sonoita Hwy/Sahuarita
  • Snyder Hill/Continental 
  • Speedway/Tanque Verde Ranch
  • Speedway/Houghton
  • Aviation/Richey
  • Prince/I-10
  • Pistol Hill Rd
  • Golf Links/Wilmot  

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