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Troopers Speeding Up Crackdown on Drag Racing

Posted February 27, 2007

— In the past six months, at least 50 people have been arrested in Nash, Halifax and Edgecombe counties for drag racing. Now, law enforcement wants tougher laws to help put a stop to it.

Investigators say they broke up a large drag race on a rural Edgecombe County road Monday night. Authorities confiscated two cars, a truck, jeep and two trailers used to haul the car.

Troopers arrested nine people who investigators said were drivers and spectators. Those arrested were only whom law enforcement could grab with limited resources.

“Several of the people escaped apprehension,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Keith Stone. “There were probably 50 to 75 spectators at the scene, 20 to 30 cars.”

This bust was part of an ongoing investigation. Troopers said the dangerous races breed other criminal activity.

The cars used in the races aren't street legal. According to investigators, betting on the races can exceed $30,000, and the speed of the vehicles can reach over 100 mph.

“I'm worried about a family going home and one of these race cars slamming into them,” Stone said.

Last September, troopers busted a race near the Nash-Halifax county line. In the last six months, they've arrested nearly 50 people and confiscated more than 15 cars.

“We're taking a tough stance on it, and we're going to continue working it until we can try to stop it in these counties,” Stone said.

Investigators said they believe there are several large drag racing rings in the area.

Currently spectators, owners and drivers caught drag racing face misdemeanor charges. Troopers are working with state lawmakers to push for tougher penalties as part of the crackdown.

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  • Politically Honest NOT PC Feb 28, 2007

    Sounds like gvmtcheese is afraid of being one of those caught because he does not know who is watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gvmtcheese Feb 28, 2007

    Sure w4jrz, lets just go ahead and let them do whatever they want as long as it is in the name of safety and saving lives right? While your at it, why don't you offer your vehicles so that they can bust people on the highway too?

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Feb 28, 2007

    SHP needs to convert these confiscated cars for police use. That would keep them from being resold to other racers and keep honest people honest because they would not know what the police were driving.
    I have seen this done in other states and you would be suprised how much better people drive if they have no idea of what has a blue light and siren.

  • Say it to my face Feb 28, 2007

    Uhm. Open a drag race center there someone... $$

  • kota2947 Feb 28, 2007

    You better have the TROOPERS do it!!!ROCKY MOUNT PD aint worth a SH#T.TRY DRIVING on sunset,motorcycles race there day and night,Where are the cops,Shooting radar on 301,or hiding in harris teeter p/lot(protecting the big money)not the citizens that live on sunset...AND DONT CALL IF YOU HEAR GUNSHOTS

  • smoothtip99 Feb 28, 2007

    drag racing, drag queens...who cares

  • jeff8948 Feb 27, 2007

    this is NOT drag racing. this is street racing. drag racing is done on a drag stip under controled conditions.
    you should change your headline and wording...you are giving real drag racers a bad name.