Police warn racing on city streets prohibited, puts drivers in danger
PASCO, Wash. -- After a dangerous situation Saturday, Pasco police are reminding drivers of the risks of speeding and racing on city roads.
"Those conditions are controlled. The conditions that we drive in every day- you have no idea what’s going to happen," said Ofc. Jeffrey Cobb of the Pasco Police Department.
Cobb said it's not like the movies when you're behind the wheel.
"Our whole generation has grown up with movies that show fast cars and that show Fast and the Furious. Anything on a movie set is controlled. Nothing has not been planned for," added Cobb.
That's why drivers shouldn't mimic the fast speeds- especially on city roads.
Pasco police tell Action News state patrol pulled over two drivers on A street in Pasco for going 60 and 61 mph. The posted speed limit on that street is 35 mph.
"People are starting to walk on our streets again and those people have minds of their own. Whether they're texting, whether they're looking or whether they’re not paying attention, people a lot of times can dart out into the roadway. If that had happened, I fear that we probably would've had a fatality collision" said Cobb.
Police say going faster means you need more time to stop.
"Unfortunately physics don't change. It's the one thing that's always constant. No matter how nice our cars are and no matter how great the brakes are on the system, the physics of speed are never going to change," said Cobb.
Police want to remind you the speed limit is there for a reason, and racing on the city streets isn't allowed.
“Reckless driving for speed or racing is actually a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor within the state of Washington. We're not looking at something that's a fine. We're actually looking at something that can be a court date or it can end up in you in jail and your car being towed and impounded," said Cobb.
Officials said if you add distracted driving or impaired driving with excessive speed, it could be disastrous.
Pasco police said there are options where you can legally race in the Tri-Cities, but on city roads is not one of them.