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Detroit Police now have task force to stop street racing, drifting

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 18:48:43-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The cellphone video is chilling. It shows somebody doing donuts on Livernois near Warren after 2 a.m. Monday morning when the car gets too close to spectators. At least three people were injured, two critically and one seriously. This has been happening mostly on weekends on streets on the west side.

It is called street racing, drifting, "Sunday Funday." Police Chief James Craig calls it dangerous and now says he’s formed a task force inside the department after hearing dozens, if not hundreds, of complaints. The chief says they’ve ticketed 430 people, made 28 felony arrests and towed 93 vehicles.

A “sanctioned” location to allow this to happen has also been shut down.

The Chief says they have a zero tolerance but adds, “realistically we’re not going to be able to arrest everyone. We’re not going to be able to seize everyone’s vehicle.”