SAPD pumping brakes on drag racing in Alamo City

Officers conduct sweep, arrest 15 people

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department is pumping the brakes on drag racing.

The Police Department is putting together an initiative to slow down cars on Southeast Military between Goliad Road and South Presa Street.

Police conducted a sweep Oct. 29 that resulted in the arrest of 15 people. Officers also handed out 17 citations and towed 11 vehicles.

"The drag racing does make a lot of noise when they’re peeling out and revving up their engines. It's a nuisance. And I was sitting several blocks away and it was vibrating my windows," said Sgt. Earl Tovar, with SAPD.

Police said drag racing has been a problem for years, and it ramps up Sunday nights between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Police said anyone caught illegally racing will be charged with drag racing and reckless driving.

"We want to keep our city streets safe, keep the citizens safe, not only for the people operating the vehicles but also the innocent bystanders around. We don't want innocent families getting hurt," Tovar said.

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