FLINT, MI – Flint, much like Detroit, is having problems on their streets with those who want to illegally drag race in the city that puts lives at risk.
The Mayor and citizens want tough ordinances to send a very clear message that drag racing is not welcome on the streets in the City of Flint. Before giving the proposal even the slightest chance of being enacted in whole, the Flint City Council delayed action after some discussion was brought about to weaken the proposed penalties.
Those who break the laws and put lives at risk should not have any ordinance diluted or loop holed. By diluting the proposal and making a weakened version the new ordinance is nothing more than a slap on the hand and allows the problem to continue on.
Detroit has the same problem of those who drag race on city streets but also have the problem where gangs of ATV riders take over streets, terrorizing drivers who are trying to get to their destination. Detroit does have laws in place to stop such activity but have not yet done enough to really put a stop to either issue that plagues streets and neighborhoods.
Recently a 21-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his ATV near Vernor and Dix in Southwest Detroit. On Sunday May 2nd, 2021, at approximately 9:25 p.m., in the area of Vernor and Dix, the young man was attempting to pass a Dodge Durango, driven by a 29-year-old woman, when he clipped her vehicle, causing him to fall off of his ATV. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Mayor Sheldon Neeley is leading a new effort to crack down on drag racing in the City of Flint by hitting speedsters where it hurts: Taking away their vehicles.
Mayor Neeley proposed new revisions to the city’s ordinances covering drag racing that would classify drag racing and other related dangerous activity as a public nuisance and allow Flint police to seize their vehicles, trailers and all other associated property supporting their high-speed habits.
“Our neighborhoods are being terrorized by these thrill seekers. They are breaking the law and endangering innocent bystanders’ lives,” Mayor Neeley said. “Let’s hit them where it hurts by taking away their instruments of terror. Let’s take away their cars.”
The ordinance has been put before Flint City Council for consideration. Mayor Neeley urged them to act quickly to safeguard the community, even encouraging them to give the revised law immediate effect.
“This is reckless endangerment. We must act now to fight back and protect our neighborhoods,” Mayor Neeley said.
Under the proposed ordinance revisions, police would be authorized to impound and seize all property related to drag racing, including vehicles and trailers, and holding the vehicle owner liable. The property would be sold to allow the City of Flint to recover costs including towing and storage fees as well as the cost of maintaining the property and of prosecuting the case.
Any remaining balance or surplus would be deposited in the City of Flint’s general fund or as directed or ordered by the Court.