City’s Valentine’s Day Crackdown on Reckless Driving Ends in 8 Arrests

Car being towed at scene of the crime. | Image by dpdbeat.com

The Speeding and Racing Task Force (SRTF) carried out a Valentine’s Day concentrated enforcement, cracking down on reckless drivers for illegal speeding and street racing on February 14.

By the time the day of love had come to a close, the department had overseen forty-eight traffic stops, issued twenty-two citations and seven spectator citations, towed eleven vehicles, made two felony arrests and six misdemeanor arrests, and seized six guns.

Officers shut down several reckless driving events throughout Dallas, with over 100 cars involved.

The reckless driving events, sometimes called “takeovers,” occur when groups of drivers use their vehicles to block off parts of streets or intersections, where drivers can then perform dangerous stunts including drifting or doing donuts.

The street takeovers were halted and the people in attendance dispersed through a joint effort by the SRFT and Central Police Officers.

Dallas Police reminded the community via DPD Beat that drivers caught participating in illegal street racing will have their vehicles impounded, and will be arrested and charged to the fullest extent of the law, and spectators may be fined.

Anyone who witnesses illegal street racing is asked to report the activity to the Dallas Police Department.

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