DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Police Department has created a new task force for catching illegal street racers in the city, and one council member is already praising the results. Scott Griggs of the Dallas City Council posted news about the new Speeding Task Force on social media Wednesday.
In the task force’s first day, they issued 29 tickets to drivers who were speeding.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For Dallas Brothers 2 And 4 Years Old; With Relative Who Is A Homicide Suspect
Illegal street racing has been an ongoing issue in Dallas. Police made a series of arrests in June of last year, all related to illegal street racing. It happened near Forney Road, just south of Eastpoint Drive, within the warehouse district. A total of five people were taken into custody. Officers also seized drugs and a BB gun.READ MORE: Frisco's Grand Park No Longer An 'Urban Legend' As City Can Finally Finish Exide Cleanup
The street racing events often draw big crowds, and many noise complaints from nearby residents. It is also a danger to other drivers on the road. Local businesses have to deal with problems from street racing crowds too — like vandalism and littering, including drug paraphernalia.MORE NEWS: American Airlines Blames Weather, Staffing Shortages For Cancellations & Delays; Transport Workers Union Cites Other Issues
In his social media post, councilman Griggs asked residents to “thank officers if you see them.”