AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Part of a freeway in a Denver suburb has been temporarily closed after hundreds of street racers and cruisers stranded over the weekend, underlining growing concern over racing of street, police mentionned.
The department of police Aurora reported that up to 800 drivers were running and navigating a two-mile stretch of Interstate 225 around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, The Sentinel reported.
“It is likely that the group will continue to engage in street racing in various areas tonight,” the department said in a post on Twitter. “The officers continue to try to deal with the situation.”
No details on the tickets or the arrests were made available on Monday. No injuries were reported.
City officials said last month they would consider establishing strict regulations against street racing after an increase in high-speed activity last year.
It was difficult for police to respond to illegal speed contests in the region, authorities said.
“These groups and organizations are large and are becoming more sophisticated. They are brazen and emboldened by their actions. They use social networks sites and live streams to promote their illegal street racing, ”Lt. police Mike Hanifin. “Law enforcement in general in the metro area and along the Front Range … are vastly outnumbered and severely disadvantaged.”
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