A stunt driver that was caught on camera has alarmed some residents and Dallas leaders according to an NBC 5 DFW article from December 30th. In it they say:
“It was mayhem on the streets of Dallas early Wednesday. Video taken about 1 a.m. showed a street stunt event that shut down a busy Dallas intersection. Crowds and cars were seen filling the entire roadway at I-35E Stemmons Freeway and Empire Central. Fireworks were flying and people were even hanging out of cars performing stunts, with some vehicles swinging dangerously close to spectators. Neighbors who heard the commotion said it sounded like the 4th of July. ‘It’s real dangerous. They need cops over here to slow this down,’ one neighbor said.
One vehicle struck a curb and had to be pushed out of the roadway. Other vehicles moved in to continue the show.”
This is just the latest in a series of troubling street incidents in Dallas. Just last month, (technically last year too, if you’re that particular) news of street racers tearing through Dallas broke. The pandemic brought with it a spike in street racing according to a Dallas Morning News article from December 2nd. In it they say:
“Dallas’ obsession with car culture and racing is in overdrive during the pandemic. Since last year, calls related to speed racing and car sideshows, or stunts, in Dallas have nearly doubled, according to police statistics. That’s despite a new law passed earlier this year to crack down on the illegal, impromptu events. Now, spectators can face a fine for attending a street race or takeover. But the problem of cars revving, doing doughnuts in intersections and recklessly speeding down major streets in Dallas has gotten worse.
This year, police have responded to 8,441 calls compared to 4,867 in 2019. Police issued 3,888 citations for violations ranging from running a red light or stop sign and about 10,000 for lesser offenses like lack of insurance, registration or a driver’s license.”
Not even a global pandemic can chill some people’s love of disorderly conduct on public streets it seems.