Local Leaders Introduce New Legislation To End Drag Racing In New York City

Over the last year, there have been nearly 3,000 drag racing complaint calls made to 311. That's five times the number of calls made the year before. Some local leaders have introduced new legislation to bring an end to the illegal activity in New York City; CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.

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JESSICA MOORE: Over the last year, there have been nearly 3,000 drag racing complaint calls made to 311. That's 5 times the number of calls made just the year before.

MAURICE DUBOIS: And some local leaders have introduced new legislation to try to bring an end to illegal activity such as that in the city. CBS 2's Hazel Sanchez reports from Inwood in upper Manhattan.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: This is what some New Yorkers call the sights and sounds of summer.

[TIRES SQUEALING]

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Cars with modified engines and exhaust systems spinning out and racing on the city streets.

CARMEN RAMIREZ: I'm just tired of the noise.

Inwood resident Carmen Ramirez says the noise nuisance has taken a toll on her health, and many of her neighbors.

CARMEN RAMIREZ: It adds to the stress level. I live on a one way street, but they do rev their cars up that street. And every time they do that, it sets off car alarms that are parked.

LORIAL CROWDER: Just the sounds, just you know, that heightened fear and anxiety when you hear high-- you know, high pitched noises or what have you.

Lorial Crowder lives along Broadway in Inwood, a popular racing strip when the sun goes down. It's where three New York senators met to announce proposed legislation to end the illegal street racing, and the noise pollution that comes with it.

Noise and speeding is a huge problem.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Senator Brad Hoylman is introducing the Fighting Urban Racing In Our Streets Act, or the FURIOUS Act, that would allow city speed cameras to operate 24 hours, every day.

BRAD HOYLMAN: They're turned off on nights and weekends, which is when the racing occurs. So there's no-- there's no tools to catch these speed racers when they are actually happening.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Senator Andrew Gounardes is proposing the Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution Act, or SLEEP Act, that would increase the fines for illegally modified mufflers and exhaust systems from $150 to $1,000.

ANDREW GOUNARDES: It will also set clear decibel limits in the law as to what is or is not permissible.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Are you optimistic that this is going to help?

CARMEN RAMIREZ: I hope so.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: The senators are hoping the SLEEP and FURIOUS acts go up for a vote and pass before the end of the June session, before the peak racing time of summer. In Inwood, Hazel Sanchez, CBS 2 News.