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St. Pete police cracking down on street racers. The department has recently implemented new strategies to ramp up its response to street racing after the tragic death of a 13-year-old boy in January 2023. The department has been working with other agencies to address street racing on Gandy Boulevard, Fourth Street North, and 28th Street North. Sgt. Michael Schade has identified these as hot spots for illegal street racing. He believes that street racers have just shifted their focus to different areas. St. Pete Police have posted signs near where the boy was killed to inform the public that officers will shut down illegal street racing.

Schade believes that street racers have just shifted their focus to different areas. Street racing organizers appear to be shifting their attention to south Miami, as many of the people who attended the races in St. Petersburg were not from the city.  Tampa police have also been staking out areas where street racing events are scheduled. They arrested 14 people in a crackdown on a street racing event scheduled for Gasparilla weekend in late January. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office made nine arrests during an anti-street racing operation earlier this month and conducted more than 150 traffic stops.

The Pinellas Park Police Department also sends officers to monitor areas where street racing is known to take place, but these roads are typically in areas that border the city and do not fall within city limits. Street racing is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous and puts both racers and innocent bystanders at risk. It is crucial for communities to come together and address this issue to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. TBT