NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews in New Haven are racing against the clock to put a stop to illegal street racing.
It’s a dangerous trend that residents said needs to end.
“I have an infant, and I live so close to everything, so I hear it all night long,” Ricky Robinson said. “It happens at 1 a.m., 2 a.m., throughout the middle of the day.”
Reckless driving is an issue across the country, and New Haven leaders said it’s been tough to crack down on.
“We’ve attempted to stop cars,” New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson said. “They just take off on us. So, now, we’re going to have the technology to figure out who they are, safely follow at a distance and make apprehensions.
That strategy includes speed tables, cameras, tracking drivers with drones and stop sticks that will deflate tires. The police department will also have a police racing details.
Officers hope the changes will narrow where the drivers can race.
“This will allow us to have real-time intelligence coming in where the drag racing is taking place,” Jacobson said.
Drivers News 8 spoke to had mixed reactions about the plan.
“It won’t work 100%, but it will help,” Robinson said. “It’s a start.”
Munz Elna, of West Haven, disagreed.
“They’re just going to find somewhere else to race,” Elna said. “Are you going to put speed bumps everywhere? Are you going to put them on the highway now, because they’ll probably start racing on the highway next.”