LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that its recently formed ‘RAID’ team carried out its latest operation to address valley street racing Sunday night.
According to Metro, officers made 21 arrests, impounded 13 vehicles, and impounded two firearms in the joint operation with other LVMPD bureaus.
“Charleston Blvd is not a racetrack. Dominic Toretto is a fictional character in a movie: you are neither him, nor a movie star,” an LVMPD Traffic Facebook post read.
8 News Now spoke with residents such as Kerri Webb who is a mother and lives in a northwest valley neighborhood, where reports of reckless driving are all too common.
Webb described the concern she has when it comes to speeding drivers near her home.
“When I hear a car going really really fast, I almost brace, am I going to hear the brakes or the skidding or something? Webb expressed. “The fear is definitely real, especially with my kids in the backyard and I hear screeching tires.”
The Racing Apprehension and Intervention Detail, formed in early March, focuses on reckless driving, street racing, and intersection takeovers.
“Last night’s enforcement is just the start of our efforts to keep our roadways safe. Over the previous two years, our community has experienced increased reckless driving, trick driving, and street racing which has resulted in fatal consequences. This reckless type of driving will never be tolerated on our streets,” said County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
Metro asks that any tips about street racing and reckless driving be emailed to RAID@LVMPD.com