That includes the drivers involved, other motorists, pedestrians, passers-by and spectators, who sometimes gather in sizable crowds to watch, he said.
Dayton police will work with other jurisdictions, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, to run operations throughout the summer targeting people who are involved in these dangerous driving behaviors and those who spectate, Malson said.
Hooning, illegal street racing and exhibition driving are a problem across the entire county, officials said.
“In these operations, there’s going to be zero tolerance, so all laws will be enforced,” he said. “Individuals who are partaking in this or spectating in these events are subject to arrest, citation and also their vehicles will be towed, when appropriate.”
Suspects could face charges of trespassing, reckless operation, illegal street racing, excessive or unnecessary noise and other offenses, Malson said. Many of the offenses can result in arrests and the towing of suspects’ vehicles.
In an incident this spring, two cars lined up at a red light at Patterson Boulevard and Stout Street just south of downtown Dayton. They started revving their engines and floored it when the light turned green, according to video of the incident posted on YouTube as well as an Ohio Department of Public Safety crash report.
Within seconds, one of the vehicles lost control and hit a pole and a parked car.
The driver was charged with drag racing and failing to maintain control, according to Dayton Municipal Court documents.
At the time, he was one of seven people charged with street racing in Dayton Municipal Court since 2018.
Some people also operate vehicles on city roadways that are not permitted, like ATVs and dirt bikes that do not have the proper safety equipment, like headlights and turn signals, Malson said.
Police ask community members who know of an upcoming event that will include these reckless or illegal behaviors to contact the Strategic Response Unit at 937-333-8974.