DENVER (CBS4) – The spike in street racing in Denver has police using a bold tactic — towing the vehicles in addition to writing tickets.
Some critics call that unfair, but police believe it might save lives.
The towing and impounding of vehicles is being done under the city of Denver’s public nuisance law.
The cars or trucks are usually held for a month. To get them back there are civil fees in the thousands of dollars, plus a criminal charge.
In some cases, the vehicles are seized.
“I think it’s effective. I think it’s a deterrent for the type of activity that we use that against,” Commander Mark Fleecs of Denver police said.
Several people who apparently enjoy the activity told CBS4 they feel police are stopping cars with no good reason and they doubt the enforcement efforts will bring the street racing to an end.
“It’s unstoppable,” one teenage male told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger.
“Why is it unstoppable?” Sallinger asked.
“It’s like trying to close a dealership down,” he said.