Kansas City Police Set to Crack Down on Street-Race Spectators

April 16, 2006 - Posted at 11:36 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Police in Kansas City are taking a new

tack to cut down on dangerous street racing: they're cracking down

on their audience.

Police are working to change the city ordinance to make it

illegal to watch car races on streets and highways in Kansas City.

Violators would face six months in jail and a 500-dollar fine.

They won't share the details yet, but police are planning other

tactics for the summer months, when crowds typically turn out to

watch souped-up cars race.

Kansas troopers are also preparing saturation patrols to fight

all forms of aggressive driving.

Earlier this month, a former high school football coach was

killed on Interstate 35 when his truck was clipped by a 16-year-old

boy who investigators say was racing another teenager.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)