NORTHERN Drive has become a hot spot for illegal drag racing in Phoenix.
From Friday night through to Saturday, youngsters can be heard and seen lining up to race near the Shell garage.
This goes on until the early hours of the morning or until the police arrive.
“Over the years, there have been many deaths due to high speed and illegal street racing along Northern Drive,” said Viky Januk of Accimed Paramedics
“Motorists want to test out their vehicle’s speed and try out what they see in movies like The Fast and Furious.”
Trying to stop the racers, he said, worked temporarily. They just find another street to go to.
Januk believes racers and speeding motorists need to be educated about the risks of their actions, especially in residential areas.
“They need to understand they are endangering their lives and the lives of innocent people.”
Another way forward, he suggested, was to install speed breakers.
Januk said the most heartbreaking part of his job was counselling parents who lost children due to racing.
The chairman of the Phoenix community policing forum, Umesh Singh, said they were inundated with calls from the community about drag racing, especially on Northern Drive.
“These matters have been discussed with the various role-players at our meetings and a multi-pronged approach to end drag racing is being investigated.”
He continued: “A special request to members of the community is not to support these illegal activities by becoming spectators.”
A Northcroft father of two, who wished to remain anonymous, said he lived near a racing hot spot and he and his family struggled to get a good night’s rest.
“These youngsters rev their engines and it sounds like they are about to crash. We cannot sleep from 11pm to 2am. To add to this, those watching the race scream and shout causing even more disturbance.”
The 31-year-old said he had complained to the Phoenix police station and on some nights a patrol van was dispatched, while on other nights no one came.
“I was once told it was Metro Police’s issue. I called Metro and was instead told to send a written complaint despite explaining the seriousness of the issue.”
Racing in a suburb, he said, was dangerous.
“These culprits are endangering the lives of people and need to face the consequences. We cannot wait for something serious to happen and then take action.”
Northern Drive is notorious for drag racing. BELOW: The head of Accimed Paramedics, Viky Januk, talks about the number of accidents along the road.