Illegal drag races are nothing new in Fresno. Video of drag racing in Fresno are being posted on YouTube, showing illegal races on busy streets. Police say they are aware of the posts.
“Most of the stuff I'm seeing on there isn't a shock to me. I can tell what streets they're on. My guys work those streets and I actually hear them towing the cars for street racing. So I certainly appreciate them helping us and reminding us which streets and what parking garages they're using. I think it's great that they let us know where we need to go,” said Fresno Police Sgt. Richard Tucker.
In the past two years, police have caught about 50 illegal street races, in Fresno. Tucker said, “It’s the lives that are in danger out there. We know they're using Shaw and Blackstone and a lot of these main streets and if you injure someone doing that, now you're talking about a very serious crime.”
Tucker said illegal drag racing became very popular several years ago. He explained, “In 2008 to 2009 we hit it really hard and we think we stamped out most of it. We know today that still goes on and I know that. They're still being caught today.”
Tucker said problem is not as bad as it used to be, but the consequences of illegal racing have not changed. Back in March, a racing accident southwest of Fresno turned deadly. Two Camaros were racing down California Avenue, when both drivers lost control. One car hit a power pole, ejecting and killing an 18-year-old. Fresno Police say they will do whatever it takes to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
“It needs to stop. We know it goes on and you're going to get caught eventually. If not this weekend, you're going to get caught. It's just a matter of time,” said Tucker.
Citations have led to license suspensions, strict fines to the court, and a 30-day impound of cars.