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Pima County Sheriff's Department reports increase in street racing, drifting

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is reporting an uptick in both street racing and drifting in Tucson, including a recent video that shows cars blocking off a popular intersection from all four sides and drifting in the middle.

Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy James Allerton says this behavior is not only inconveniencing drivers during their commutes, but dangerous for all involved.

“This kind of behavior is a danger to both the drivers, and the community at large. It’s very, very reckless behavior, and it’s certainly reckless driving,” said Allerton.

Allerton says the department will continue to investigate any incidents involving drifting and street racing, and will take steps to make arrests and confiscate vehicles from violators.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.