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Police: Illegal Street Racing Calls Increase in South Reno

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Police officers say they've seen an increase in complaints of illegal street racing in South Reno due to warmer evening temperatures.

Police say if caught, racers can be either cited or arrested. They could also face fines up to $1,000 for the first offense, ordered to perform community service and have their driver's license suspended. They say if you're involved in an accident while illegal street racing, you could ace additional charges depending on the circumstances.

In a recent release from the Nevada Department of Transportation the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County area has seen a 100% increase in fatal accidents.  In the first half of 2014 there have already been 22 citizens killed in accidents versus 11 in the first half of 2013. Washoe County was among eight Nevada counties that have seen an increase in traffic accident fatalities during the first half of 2014.  

Citizens are also reminded with school starting soon to slow down, share the road with motorcycles and bicyclists and buckle up.   

To report illegal street racing in your area, call the non-emergency line of the Reno Police Dispatch at (775) 334-2677.

(The Reno Police Department contributed to this report.)
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