SLCPD, UHP make 6 arrests, seize 11 cars in weekend operation targeting street racing

Salt Lake City police and the Utah Highway Patrol made arrests following a street racing investigation. Photo: SLCPD

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, August 30, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Salt Lake City Police Department and the Utah Highway Patrol conducted an operation this weekend aimed at stopping illegal street racing. They reportedly made six arrests and towed 11 cars.

The operation began Friday night and continued through Saturday morning, says a statement from the Salt Lake City Police Department. The statement was issued on Tuesday.

“Law enforcement has saturated areas within the city known to have street racing,” the SLCPD public relations unit statement said. “Information developed during the investigation resulted in UHP locating a drag racing event near 2400 S. 4300 West.”

Participants have flocked to the city’s industrial area of ​​Pioneer Division, known for its long, wide open streets, the statement said.

“Illegal street racing events in Salt Lake City have previously attracted hundreds of people and given rise to numerous criminal activities including, but not limited to, reckless driving, illegal weapons possession, illegal gambling, and aggravated assaults.”

In the weekend operation, the arrests were for charges including speeding or display contest on a highway, failure to stop or respond to police commands, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, reckless driving, possession of controlled substances, hit and run, container opening and operating a vehicle without insurance, the release said.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department acknowledges UHP, the SLCPD Pioneer Bike Squad, the SLCPD Gang Unit, the SLCPD Investigations Division and the SLCPD Patrol Divisions for assisting with this operation.”

ongoing problem

Salt Lake City’s large growth over the past decade has been centered in/around its industrial areas, the SLCPD statement says.

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“The growth brings a lot of 24/7 operations and their workforce to the area.

“Local businesses have been noticeably affected by both the races and the large crowds that gather to watch, bet and cheer on them. Blockages of highways and private lots have affected business operations, inhibited the distribution of critical goods and materials, and effectively caused some businesses to close.”

In 2020, the Salt Lake City Police Department saw a dramatic increase in calls for service for illegal street racing, the SLCPD statement says, adding that calls for service increased from 71 in 2019 to 409 in 2020, which represents an increase of 476% in one year. .

“The Salt Lake City Police Department will continue dedicated and coordinated efforts among public and private stakeholders to mitigate street racing events and protect our communities from the greater harm that street racing brings, as staff and the resources”.

The Salt Lake City Police Department continues to use steel construction plates on some roadways to help reduce the frequency of speed racing events, the release says.

Salt Lake City police made arrests following a street racing investigation. Photo: SLCPD

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