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Putting the brakes on illegal drag racing

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(08/03/11) - Flint City Council members are once again trying to put the brakes on illegal drag racing.

In recent months, two teens have been hit and injured watching the street sport.

In June, council members upped the ante, opting for an ordinance that declared drag racing a "nuisance."

The ordinance also provides for a harsher penalty. If a car is seized, instead of police just impounding it, the owner could opt to pay $900 or maybe even lose it altogether.

Council members could discuss increasing that fine even more during a committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.

By day, James P. Cole, near Stewart on Flint's northside, looks almost lifeless minus the signs that something is happening here.

The illegal drag racing, documented on YouTube,is certainly no secret. Over the years, there's been a number of things done to try and stop it.

"It's just an accident waiting to happen," says Councilman Bryant Nolden.  He's been pushing for something to be done for months, particularly in another area of the city, near Selby and Russell.

"We have two housing complexes here," Nolden says.

He witnessed drag racing just this past weekend.

"We had about right or nine people out getting ready to drag race. They had already ran one and when I came down, one of my constituents called, they seen us kind of policing it ourselves and they went ahead and they pulled off," he says.

Nolden would also like to see additional targeted police enforcement in these areas.

Flint Police have made progress and arrests this summer during a number of nights patrolling near James P. Cole.

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