Fulton County leaders, neighbors fed up with growing street racing, car stunt issues – WSB-TV Channel 2
FULTON COUNTY, Georgia — Street racing and car stunts have become a weekly problem in Fulton County this year. Now county leaders are looking for new ways to stop the danger.
It’s a problem neighbors see and hear far too often late at night throughout Fulton County. Street racers have invaded roads and parking lots.
“It’s really all night,” said neighbor Tom Kuckelman Channel 2 anchor Sophia Choi. “These are very powerful cars. They are noisy. They are very fast. And they are being conducted irresponsibly.
The last rally took place this weekend in front of the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead. Skid marks are still visible in the parking lot.
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Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said street racing is not only harmful but dangerous. He asks the sheriff to help him stop the stunts.
“Use deputies to help where possible,” Pitts said.
Channel 2 Action News reported on the growing problem of street racing throughout metro Atlanta.
Since the start of the pandemic, social media has exploded with viral videos showing large crowds gathering and watching in awe as dangerous drivers perform tricks.
Police arrested three street runners Saturday after they blocked I-85 near Spaghetti Junction. Investigators say the illegal roadblock caused an accident on I-85 North.
Pitts told Choi that he thinks it may take companies stepping up to pay for a security team to work alongside the police to stop this dangerous behavior.
“They’ve had what’s called ‘Midtown Blue’ for a long time. Maybe it’s time for us to consider something in this part of town, something like a Buckhead blue,” he said.
Pitts will meet with other county and city of Atlanta leaders on Thursday to discuss possible solutions.
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