Police investigating street takeovers, car racing in Jacksonville

Above the weekend, a 1st Coastline Information viewer despatched in a online video of various vehicles burning tires and blocking site visitors.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Some of Jacksonville’s people assert that the underground car scene is obtaining out of manage.

About the weekend, a First Coastline Information viewer despatched in a video clip of a number of autos burning tires and blocking targeted traffic in the vicinity of the corner of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Street. 

“This is not just about anything new, this has been going on for many years,” a resident who lives in the vicinity of the intersection said. 

Other vehicles that were unrelated to the group were being pressured to hold out for the motor vehicles to depart the place before becoming ready to cross.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Business office suggests it really is an concern that they are searching into.

“This is an concern that has been gaining consideration with citizens in the neighborhood, and we have been acquiring grievances in latest months,” reported JSO in a statement. “The recommendations we have received in reference to the explained behavior in our neighborhood have been forwarded for abide by-up. We would usually ask that citizens call if they see driving patterns that would constitute a risk to themselves or other folks.  We are now doing work on steps to proactively tackle these issues in our group.”

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Neighbors who dwell around the intersection say they’d like to see much more of a police existence to help avert the chaos that unfolded Sunday morning. 

“If they (JSO) had a car or truck in there (close to the intersection) they could generate a thousand tickets simply because they (road racers) occur absent from the purple gentle there from Southside to Baymeadows and it’s a straight run south,” the exact neighbor explained. 

Other neighbors concur JSO desires to deal with the trouble, but admitted they don’t know what a few police cruisers could have completed to avert the accumulating on Sunday provided it is really dimension and how immediately it formed. 

Latasha Hobbs’ daughter life around the intersection. She suggests her daughter to start with believed the appears were from a generate-by capturing. “How do vehicle clubs, how ended up they able to come with each other and shut down a full intersection?” she questioned.

Road takeovers to execute vehicle stunts like doughnuts, drifting and burnouts could turn out to be illegal in Florida. 

CS/CS/CS/HB 399 was passed by the Senate past month. It has not received a signature from Gov. DeSantis.

The monthly bill would make it very first-diploma misdemeanor to push, be a passenger or be a spectator at a street takeover. The bill also applies to motorcycles.

Less than SB 876: “Stunt Driving on Highways,” the pursuing would be prohibited: 

  • Any street takeover, stunt driving, race, velocity opposition, or contest. 
  • Drag race or acceleration contests.
  • Tests of bodily endurance, or exhibition of speed 
  • Tries of earning a pace report on a highway, roadway, or parking good deal.