Drag racing could cost drivers their vehicles under the proposed Flint Ordinance amendment
FLINT, MI – Drag racing in Flint could cost drivers their vehicles under a revised ordinance currently under consideration by city council.
City attorney Angela Wheeler told council the proposed new ordinance would declare drag racing a public nuisance and allow the city to seize and seize used vehicles, tools, equipment and trailers. in connection with racing vehicles.
It would also pave the way for the city to recover the costs of towing and storing vehicles involved in the races and allow the city to recover the cost of lawsuits.
“We receive a lot of complaints about this. It’s very dangerous, ”said board chair Kate Fields at a committee meeting on May 5. “Hopefully the changes in this ordinance (are) something the citizens of Flint will applaud.”
Mayor Sheldon Neeley, who proposed the changes, said they were necessary to protect public safety.
Over a decade ago, as a city councilor, Neeley helped stop former Mayor Don Williamson’s plan to build a sanctioned drag racetrack on Bluff Street near the Flint Children’s Museum.
“It’s everywhere,” the mayor said of street racing. “It’s transitory. It moves and it transforms … What we need to do is curb bad behavior.
The proposed new ordinance says that drag racing on public streets without a license results in “ not only dangerous traffic conditions for other vehicles, children and pedestrians, but also attracts noisy, uncivil, intimidating and criminal activity. .. races, which engender fear and disinvestment among neighborhood residents and prevent the full and peaceful enjoyment of the use of their property, or have a negative impact on the health, safety and well-being of the community. community.
Race is defined in the proposed ordinance as the race of one vehicle against another or against a device for measuring time or speed, whether or not there is an agreement in advance to run or drive a race. vehicle at excessively high speeds.
An excessively high speed rate is defined as any speed 15 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit.
The ordinance also covers “driving prowess contests such as drifting, sliding or” donuts “” which are recklessly dangerous and could cause serious injury or death or create an obstruction to traffic.
Drag racers have been a staple in Flint for generations, and they have changed racing locations in the past in response to police crackdowns.
Without guardrails, official rules or regulations, they have also proven to be dangerous.
Two teenage spectators were hit and injured during illegal races in 2011. Prior to that, there were at least two fatal crashes, killing three people, over a 30-year span, according to MLive-The Flint Journal files.
Ten years ago, the council also considered amending Flint’s drag racing ordinance to allow vehicle seizures, but the idea was never adopted.
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