Kent police cracking down on illegal street racing

Staff writerNovember 5, 2013 

In an effort to cut down on illegal street racing, Kent police said they staged three enforcement operations in two months and issued 101 tickets.

Racing has been a growing problem for years and city officials have worked to reduce racing by creating an ordinance with Stay Out of Areas of Racing. The ordinance makes it against the law for anybody to be in a SOAR area.

About 200 cars often gather for races, detective Melanie Frazier said.

State Farm Insurance gave the Police Department $3,750 to put more officers on the street in known racing areas for three nights in August and September.

During the enforcement nights, police stopped 131 drivers, doled out 101 traffic citations and made three arrests. Among the traffic tickets were 39 equipment violations and 14 driving without insurance.

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