Residents Demand Drag Racing To Stop On Clements 12/21/13
CBS 7 News
December 21, 2013
ODESSA - Residents living on and near Clements Street in Odessa demand that something be done about the reckless driving and drag racing that has plagued the road for many years.
Resident Evalena Alvarado and her family are awaken nearly every night by the sounds of screeching tires and cars slamming on their brakes, praying that it’s not another accident.
"We have our rooms in the front and we were actually thinking about sleeping in the backroom, just for that fear alone of a car plowing through our house," said Alvarado.
Like almost all of her neighbors, Alvarado's home has been threatened by out-of-control cars.
"The El Camino actually lost control and came over the curb and into our yard, and nobody was hurt, thankfully for that,” said Alvarado.
Alvarado says she and the other residents would like heavier patrolling to return to the neighborhood.
"There use to be a cop at the end of this street. He would wait out there and pull people over, and it just kind of died down. They race out here like it's ok," said Alvarado
Odessa Police Officials say there have been a total of 72 people charged for reckless driving, 51 crashes, and 56 calls in regards to cars racing this year on Clements St. alone
For now, poles and fences now line Clements and Hickory Street as the residents desperately try to protect their homes and families from the reckless drivers. The hazard has gotten so bad that the Alvarado family won't even allow their kids to play in the front yard.
Alvarado’s 7-year-old son has one message to say for all the drag racers out there, "I wish the cars could stop racing, so I could ride my bike up and down the sidewalk."
Odessa officials want to remind everyone that if you see any cars racing or speeding down Odessa's roads, to not only give them a call, but follow-up by visiting their website at www.odessapd.com and file a traffic complaint.