PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix Police Department just received $100,000 from Arizona to stop street racing in the Valley. The money will fund a street-racer task force.
That task force will be made up of 20 officers, five motor officers, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, one sergeant, and one lieutenant. The teams will deploy throughout Phoenix and surrounding freeways to put an end to street racing.
In a letter sent to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Police Chief Jeri Williams says the City of Phoenix has been dealing with a rush of car and truck clubs "terrorizing" local businesses and neighborhoods with street racing. These organizations reportedly plan meeting locations and routes through social media.
That kind of planning has helped these groups take over parking lots, intersections, and city streets. In addition to racing, some of the criminal activity includes reckless and aggravated driving, driving under the influence, underage drinking, unlawful fighting, trespassing, and obstruction of roadways.
Williams says these events, which tend to happen on Sunday nights, can attract more than 300 vehicles. That many cars and trucks on the streets makes it dangerous for people traveling throughout the Valley.