Denver Police polls drivers on street racing, defend social post

Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 21:55:12-04

DENVER -- Police took an informal survey of their Denver following on Twitter, asking them how they feel about street racing. They received a spectrum of responses.

Their poll prompted drivers to note whether or not they want street racing to be enforced stringently, or loosely. 

Of just over 1,000 voters, 83 percent said they wanted "tough" enforcement. Only 17 percent wanted to let "racers have their fun." 

Some asked whether or not Denver Police were really asking their following how they feel about a law on the books, but police confirmed it was a real question. 

Responses weren't only

"Please take action," one woman wrote. "These racers are not only endangering others but they are endangering themselves as well." 

Others proposed compromise between racers, drivers and police. 

"I feel like neither option would help," another woman wrote. "Maybe compromise and have a legal zone for street racers?" 

Others, however, insisted upon enforcement due to the dangers of street racing, pointing to the loss of life. 

"Someone died last week on Alameda because of street racing! It's a major safety problem," another woman wrote. "I didn't know enforcing the law was optional so long as the people committing crimes are having fun." 

As Denver7 crews polled the public on their sentiment, Denver Police defended their poll. 

"We think it's a good way to help frustrated citizens express their support for law enforcement," Denver Police wrote in a final Tweet on the subject.


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