Police Crack Down On Growing Trend Of Street Racing

Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 00:11:46-05

Police have warned drivers in Middle Tennessee, specifically Murfreesboro, about the dangerous trend of street racing, and officers are cracking down on the culprits.

A group of racers in Chevy Impalas were caught on camera in Murfreesboro speeding through a red light.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said they've seen some drag racing in town and at least one incident resulted in death.

A fiery crash happened when a speeding convertible sports car slammed into a large oak tree in Murfreesboro two years ago. Police suspected the driver may have been illegally racing on the public streets.

It's something Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones said they're seeing more of these days.

Officials said the suspected racing drivers are not easy to catch. They'll swerve around other cars and reach dangerous speeds, putting other drivers at risk.

Police not just in Murfreesboro, but across the mid-state, said they'll be doing more to crackdown on illegal street racing. District Attorney Jones said he fully expected prosecute more cases.