Residents fight street racing

by: Tony Thomas Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Residents along a south metro Atlanta road said they are tired of their area being turned into a makeshift drag strip.  
 
Several YouTube videos show large crowds gathering along Countyline Road on the DeKalb County and Henry County border. Cars line up side-by-side, spinning their tires and then, racing up a hill. Residents said traffic is never blocked off, and they fear someone will get hit.

"You’re not going to have to pull over to let them get by because they are not going to move to let you by," resident Rhonda Williams told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.

Williams grew up in the area and has several relatives in the neighborhood.

In one YouTube video, a man flashes a wad of money after the race. In another video, a car races side-by-side with another without its headlights on.

Residents said they've called both Henry and Dekalb County police several times over the years, but by the time officers arrive, the racing has usually stopped. They said it doesn’t help that the road falls under both jurisdictions.

"I don't know what we have to do to get this stuff stopped," said Rudolph Shephard.
 
Channel 2 emailed Dekalb County police asking about the number of complaints they have received about the street racing. A department spokeswoman said she was checking on it.



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