Tucson police can now impound vehicles caught in street races

The city is giving police officers the authority to do much more than give drivers caught drag racing on Tucson streets a ticket.

The police can now impound vehicles caught drag racing thanks to a vote Wednesday night by the Tucson City Council. The new ordinance goes into effect immediately.

The Tucson Police Department asked for more power to address the issues, describing a dangerous situation on the east side — although illegal street races have been held in other parts of the city.

Street racing remains a Class 1 misdemeanor for drivers.

City Councilman Paul Cunningham said the city needed stronger enforcement measures to deter racers.

“We are in situations where people were getting ticketed for street racing and racing again 45 minutes later,” he said. “Worse, we had a person who was arrested for street racing three or four times and still was racing on a suspended license.

“The most effective way to prohibit someone from street racing is to take their car.”

In 2012, an 18-year-old woman was killed near Gates Pass after the vehicle she was in lost control during a drag race and rolled over.

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