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Street racing is a concern for Amarillo

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Amarillo, TX - A fatal wreck is helping bring light to a major issue on Amarillo streets.

Amarillo police say they respond to calls pretty often regarding complaints of street racing, especially on Coulter, Soncy, Hillside, 34th and 45th.

Due to the high volume of complaints, APD says they have more officers assigned to patrol these areas.

A wreck on I-40 near the Bowie exit killed a woman Saturday and police believe the crash was due to two cars racing.

This wreck and another major crash last year, show street racing is still a problem, especially among younger adults.

Amarillo Police Sergeant Brent Barbee says in most cases the drivers don't realize the real impact and dangers involved.

"So often the drivers that are involved in these types of things, violations, are so irresponsible that they don't realize that their conduct can harm so many innocent people so quickly, it magnifies the amount of danger out on the roads so many times," said Barbee.

If someone is caught racing here they can face a Class B misdemeanor, all the way up to a second degree felony if someone is killed or seriously injured because of the race.