New Bill Could Address Bayside Street Racing Complaints
BAYSIDE, QUEENS – Street racing complaints have increased in Bayside during the pandemic, and a new bill to curb so-called ‘drag racing’ – sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman and assemblymember Nily Rozic, which represents Bayside – passed the state senate transport committee on Monday, lawmakers said.
Out of 191 calls made to 311 Of drag racing in March this year, about a third were from Queens, including seven complaints from Bayside zip codes 11361 and 11364 – more complaints than any other area in the borough, the data shows.
Five complaints were from the 11364 southernmost zip code in the neighborhood, and two were from the 11361 zip code.
In the first four months of 2021, 15 sprint racing complaints were made from the Bayside zip code of 11364, compared to 16 complaints from that same zip code throughout 2020, according to the data.
Currently, the city’s speed camera program monitors areas that have been identified as street racing hot spots between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays, but the new legislation would allow cameras to operate at all times.
Of the seven complaints at Bayside, a large majority were made when the radars were not working.
The bill, dubbed The Furious Act, would also expand the definition of street racing to include instances of racing that were not pre-planned, the press release said.
Until then, part of the race route had to be “planned” for a speed instance to be considered a “street race”, but the broader definition of street racing would make more runners accountable, explains the press release. .
“Illegal street racing puts lives at risk and prevents us from sleeping at night,” State Senator Hoylman wrote in the press release, noting that complaints of speed racing have increased across town in Canada. the middle of the pandemic since the streets are empty.
“The FURIOUS Act will give the city more tools to catch drivers red-handed and make it easier to enforce state laws on speed contests and racing. New Yorkers have enough to deal with right now – it’s time to curb illegal street racing, ”he said.