TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa man captured suspected street racers with no license plates on camera on Bayshore Boulevard on Sunday.
The city has taken a lot of steps to make the area safer by lowering the speed limit and adding flashing lights at the crosswalks, but neighbors say it hasn’t stopped racers from speeding by.
“I think anybody who goes out on Bayshore has seen that kind of thing,” said Adam Wilson.
Wilson was on a walk with his wife when two motorcycles blew past them, going at least 100 mph, if Wilson had to guess.
When he heard them make the turn at Gandy Boulevard and head back his way, he made sure his phone was ready.
Major Ruben Delgado with Tampa police says cracking down on street racing can be complicated.
Their pursuit policy doesn’t allow chasing down a suspect simply for speeding. So, in the last year, they’ve tried to take a more creative, proactive approach.
“So what we’ve done is we’ve worked with the neighborhoods and the communities along the bridges along Bayshore to get trespass affidavits signed, which means the officers can now go and kick them [suspected racers] off that property,” Major Delgado said.
“We know the times they like to gather and we’ll go break up the crowds.”
Wilson hopes his video helps raise awareness.
“It’s dangerous out there and there’s been some tragic loss of life,” he said.
He has a message for the men he caught on camera.
“How could you engage in such irresponsible behavior? Either you’re going to get killed or you’re going to kill somebody else.”
TPD says it relies a lot on neighbors like Wilson, or even sometimes neighborhood watch groups, to let them know where and when they see or hear suspected racing.