MPD Chief shares plan to combat drag racing and reckless drivers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Drag racing and reckless driving continue to be a significant problem for the city of Memphis.

“As a person that drives the streets of Memphis, we have volume here. But we’ve got some mean drivers on the road,” said Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis.

What’s being done to combat drag racing & reckless driving in Memphis?

Earlier this year, FOX13 compiled several years’ worth of data from the Memphis Police for a FOX13 Investigation.

We found there were 890 arrests for reckless driving in the city last year and 80 arrests for drag racing.

That’s up significantly from 2020, when MPD made 727 reckless driving arrests and 35 drag racing arrests, driving the Memphis Police Department to increase staffing within their traffic unit.

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“Memphis is a major city, and every major city should have a designated traffic unit,” said Davis.

The unit will consist of ten additional police officers, and MPD plans to purchase six more motorcycles.

“We want to be able to demonstrate that the Memphis Police Department is out there to enforce the law,” said Davis.

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