In Depth: Drag Racing
Spinning wheels, burning rubber and the sound of engines roaring are all part of drag racing, an ongoing quality of life issue in the Bronx.
By day Hunts Point is known for being an industrial area, but when the sun goes down on the weekends it transforms into a high-speed raceway. The races draw hundreds of people. One racer says he spends hundreds to fix up his car so he can race.
Residents have complained about the dangerous races they have witnessed, and now the NYPD is taking an aggressive approach to put an end to drag racing.
Precincts with problem areas have been working with the Department of Transportation setting up road signs and check points, issuing summonses, and making arrests. Several undercover units are assigned to specifically go after drag racers. Police have also put up roadblocks to cut down on straight-aways.
So far this year, police have made more than 30 arrests, confiscated more than a dozen cars and issued 300 summonses. But police say even though they are keeping a tight watch, drag racers will always find somewhere to go.