Dallas Police Step Up Efforts to Curtail Street Racing

Last weekend, the department issued more than 200 citations for racing

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Police officers will be actively looking for people street racing in Dallas this weekend as part of the police department's increased efforts to slow reckless drivers.

The department launched a campaign to encourage residents to call police if they see people street racing. The campaign includes a public service announcement, the department using its social media channels and increasing patrols, Dallas police say.

Penalties for street racing can include fines up $2,000, up to 180 days in jail and having one's car towed.

Last weekend, the Dallas Police Department issued 224 citations for street racing.

They also reported receiving 114 calls, making 115 traffic stops and two felony arrests.

At a street racing incident in the 9100 block of Southlink in Southeast Oak Cliff a young man was killed.

In the PSA released Saturday, police said he'd been sitting on the edge of friend's pickup truck while the friend performed stunts. He was thrown from the truck and died.

The driver is now facing manslaughter charges.

Police also confirmed incidents at Live Oak and Skillman streets, Cole and Lemmon avenues, and Interstate 35 and Royal Lane.

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