ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Wingate Drive is not a drag strip, but some residents
of an east Orange County neighborhood said that it is being treated like one.
Cellphone video shot by a resident shows cars racing side by side down the
Residents told Channel 9's Roy Ramos that the racing started
about two months ago. They said the races initially took place at night but now they are starting to see them during the day.
According to some residents the cars hit speeds of 60 mph down the quarter-mile
"They go up to the end of the street and then they'll turn around, and then they come back down and then they start down here at the end and then, vroom, all the way up," one woman said.
The woman said
she worries that with two elementary schools and a middle school in the area, it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.
"Kids get out at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and they're all over the place. You have to watch out even if you are a slow driver," the woman said.
Residents said they have reached out to law enforcement.
"They say unless we catch them in the act they can't do anything," one resident said.
When Ramos spoke with the
sheriff's office about the residents' concerns he was told they would be sending extra patrols through the neighborhood.
Residents told Ramos they have been working on a petition to have speed bumps installed.