Illegal Street Racing
Tuesday 18 February 101348 Shares
Little Rock (KATV) - Late at night, while you're in bed, they race. This is the underground world of AR street racing.
Illegal, dangerous, and seductive, they meet, typically in empty parking lots, and race all over the Little Rock area. According to the D.A.'s office, racers could face charges of street racing or reckless driving, which is a class B misdemeanor, up to 6 months in jail, and a $2,000 fine for their first offense.
But racers say their world is high-risk, high reward, and that means a complicated relationship with police.
“They're doing their job. Their job is to protect the public, and we're not supposed to be out there street racing but the thing is, street racing has been around forever, and it's going to continue happening. People are still going to do it,” said a racer.
Until the city finds a feasible solution -- other than just devoting more manpower -- street racing will continue on Little Rock highways.
KATV News did reach out several days ago to the Little Rock Police Department and the Arkansas State Police for statistics on street racing arrests and past deaths. They said those numbers weren't easy to access and have yet to respond.