DENVER -- Residents in the Globeville neighborhood of Denver said street racers take over East 44th Avenue almost on a daily basis, topping speeds of 100 mph. They reached out to the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers for help.
A look at East 44th Avenue and resident William Moore said you can see why illegal racers would find it attractive. It’s a half-mile stretch between Pearl Street and Broadway.
“It’s perfect for drag racing,” Moore said. “People just racing up and down this street like a bat out of hell.”
Moore said they’ll show up after dark, especially on weekends.
“Sports cars, mostly sports cars,” he said. “And they’re all souped up and they just flat out just punch it and go swoop like that.”
While it’s industrial on one side, the other side of East 44th is filled with homes.
“I would say they’re going at least a hundred miles,” Moore said. “At least that.”
Moore’s home is located on a corner lot along East 44th, next to a dirt lot.
“They do donuts right here,” he said. “There’s another lot they do it up there. Sometimes they pivot rocks up against our house and I’m surprised a window hasn’t gotten broken.”
Moore worries an out-of-control vehicle could come crashing into his home, or slam into an Excel Energy gas pipeline that’s located in the dirt lot next to his property.
But what concerns him the most is that the area is residential. Children play on the sidewalk and there is an elementary school nearby.
“People walking up and down, kids and people getting out of the school, and it’s a matter of time before someone gets hurt," he said.
While its summer now, Moore said the racers show up year-round off and on.
“Knock it off,” Moore said. “Don’t race anymore. If they want to race, go to Bandimere.” “They should put speed bumps down this road."
The Problem Solvers asked Denver Public Works about installing speed bumps. A representative said it does not install speed bumps in Denver, as they can slow down emergency vehicles and cause problems for snow plows in the winter.
But when the Problem Solvers notified a Public Works representative of Moore’s issue, it offered to have traffic engineers come out to survey the area and see what else it could do.
The Denver Police Department points out it could seize, and even crush, the vehicles of drivers who are caught street racing under the public nuisance abatement. It encouraged Globeville residents to report street racing, even if the drivers have left the area.