Law enforcement officials are organizing a joint task force against drag racing

Traffic officials are calling on the Fuerza Pública for help in cracking down on drag racing.

The informal races have been a serious vehicle crime since 2008, but they are frequent on the nation’s highways. Sometimes they are informal with two motorists dueling on a public highway among other drivers. Or there might be semi-formal meetings witnessed by friends.

The Policía de Tránsito has been hard-pressed to end these contests.

Silvia Bolaños, a vice minister of Transportes met Tuesday with Walter Navarro, a vice minister of Seguridad Pública to organize what they are calling a brigade against dragsters.

Thursday there will be another meeting that will include German Marín, the director of Tránsito, and Francisco Segura, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

So far the discussions have been about training, but joint operations are likely.

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