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  NCJ Number: NCJ 207963     Find in a Library
  Title: Street Racing
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Kenneth J. Peak ; Ronald W. Glensor
  Date Published: 12/2004
  Page Count: 64
  Annotation: After reviewing the problem of "street racing" (using public streets to race cars) and its causes, this guide presents a checklist for analyzing a local street-racing problem, describes responses to the problem, and presents evaluative findings on police responses to street racing.
  Abstract: Although casualties from street racing have not been tracked by government nor the insurance industry, an examination of news reports and police data from 10 major U.S. cities and extrapolation based on national population figures indicates that at least 50 people die each year as a result of street racing. Street racing is a logical extension of youths' attraction to motor vehicles and the competitive measure of a vehicle's performance (speed) and driver skill. Enamored with the car-racing tradition, street racers organize elaborate racing functions that involve "flaggers," timekeepers, lookouts with computers mounted in their cars, cell phones, police scanners, and Web sites that announce race locations and calculate the odds of getting caught by the police. The harms related to street racing include vehicle crashes, noise, vandalism, loss of commercial revenue, and excessive deterioration of public streets. Steps in mounting an effective response to street racing are an analysis of the nature and extent of the local problem, enlistment of community support for addressing the problem, the education of and warning to street racers, surveillance of the street-racing scene, encouragement of others to exercise informal control over street-racing participants, the enactment and enforcement of relevant ordinances and statutes, the impounding and/or forfeiting of vehicles involved in street racing, encouraging the support of private businesses, closing streets attractive to street racers, and encouraging and facilitating the relocation of street racing to a legal racing area. 52 notes, 33 references, 16 annotated recommended readings, and appended summary of responses to street racing
  Main Term(s): Community policing
  Index Term(s): Auto related offenses ; Traffic offenses ; Traffic law enforcement ; Traffic accidents ; Problem-Oriented Policing
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2002CKWX0003
  Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-42-8
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series, No. 28; downloaded December 13, 2004.
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