‘Extremely dangerous’: West Lawn residents, alderman call for change amid disruptive drag racing

‘Extremely dangerous’: West Lawn residents, alderman call for change amid disruptive drag racing

CHICAGO (TOC) — The sounds, the antics, the velocity of latest gatherings in West Garden has some anticipating change.

“They’re ignoring cease lights cease indicators they know the place to go so we have to maintain pushing the button to maintain them going different locations away from right here,” mentioned Eddie Guillen of West Garden Neighborhood Watch.

Resident Lisa Dissette additionally weighed in.

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“They’ve a crimson gentle I am attempting to get throughout and they’re flying by way of so my concern is that I am not going to make it dwelling one evening after work due to the irresponsibility of those drivers,” Dissette mentioned.

On Tuesday, some residents met on the car parking zone at 71st and Pulaski. It has scars of scorching automotive wheels on pavement.

“I am unable to let you know the variety of instances I have been woken up 1:30, 2:30 within the morning and typically it goes on for nearly two hours,” mentioned resident Pat Glatz.

Some aldermen got here to the lot, urging a proposed ordinance that will enable police to impound automobiles concerned with the drag racing and drifting be authorised Wednesday within the metropolis council.

“It is very, very harmful. We’re not solely attempting to guard the lives of our constituents, however we’re attempting to guard your life, and your viewers’s lives. So we’re asking and pleading that you simply discover a new passion,” mentioned 18th Ward Alderman Derrick G. Curtis.

All this got here after a video of drifting automobiles within the West Loop surfaced.

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The exercise at 71st and Pulaski has calmed down with a brand new fence and barricades, residents mentioned. They added that the exercise has shifted a little bit south within the Ford Metropolis Mall parking tons, the place rings and particles stay. It could be from a stunt wherein automobiles do tips inside a hoop of fireplace.

“Simply the individuals alone who’re doing these stunts and the individuals standing round watching the stunts; it is extraordinarily harmful,” mentioned CPD eighth District Beat Facilitator Barb Ziegler.

The residents ABC7 spoke with mentioned these aren’t simply tips. They worry it’s exercise that can trigger hurt and so they hope individuals would suppose twice if they may lose their automobiles.

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