AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora leaders are considering a proposal similar to Colorado Springs and other locations that would allow police to seize cars that are involved in road races. The discussion came back to the fore after Interstate 225 southbound on Sunday evening for illegal tram activity.
“We’d just jumped to 225 and we’re going down and suddenly all you see is a couple of red lights,” said Wesley Davis.
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Davis and his girlfriend were just getting back to Englewood from DIA when they were stuck. During this time, Aurora police tweeted about the south-facing lanes of I-225 between Alameda and Colfax. The roads were blocked due to road races that blocked and disrupted traffic.
“We get there. We smell a lot of smoke and we’re like a car is on fire?” Davis remembered.
The sound of burning tires made it clear what was going on.
“You say, ‘Okay, this is scary, we don’t know what’s going to happen.'”
Similar things have happened before, not just in Aurora.
“I want to propose an ordinance that is similar to Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and San Diego,” said Aurora Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Francoise Bergan.
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Bergan has discussed with law enforcement agencies to find ways to combat illegal street activity. Like the Colorado Springs proposal, officials couldn’t seize cars immediately, but a judge’s order could keep the car off the road for a period of time if it was found to be racing.
“I’m not the only one getting these calls. All council members receive these calls, ”added Bergan.
Another idea from Councilor Juan Marcano is similar to building an ice skating park so that car enthusiasts have a place to go. He is looking for possible locations where car meetings can be held to keep drivers from taking over roads.
“What if someone is in labor and doesn’t go to hospital for these things? You are threatening that child’s life if you don’t get to the hospital on time?” Asked Davis.
Mayor Mike Coffman released a statement on what happened:
“It takes a lot of social media chatter to end an event like this. So I absolutely don’t understand why our police department didn’t know this was going to happen. What I need to know now is what they’re going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I expect more from our department, and the people of Aurora town expect more from our department. “
In response, APD tweeted: “The mayor certainly has a right to his own opinion. This is a problem bigger than just Aurora. Through the Subway-wide Street Racing Working Group, we hope we can address some of these ongoing issues. “
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Bergan hopes that a possible proposal for discussion in the council could be on the table by the end of summer. She also noted that this is an issue that lawmakers need to address as any changes in Aurora will only apply to one city.