LAS VEGAS -- Street racing is increasing on Las Vegas valley roads and police said it can be dangerous to other drivers.
Enforcement agencies from all across the valley say this is a county-wide problem. While there are places to legally race -- such as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- officers say they are constantly fighting the allure of illegal street racing.
Police say drugs, alcohol and speed were factors in the car crash that killed 18-year-old Jessie Hill. He and his 16-year-old girlfriend were struck by a car as they walked on a sidewalk on New Year's Day. North Las Vegas Police won't say the crash was caused by speed racing but Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say the reckless driving by 19-year-old Cristian Ivan Diaz is consistent with what they fight on valley roads every day.
"They are driving way above the speed limit, generally they're making multiple lane changes," said NHP Trooper Loy Hixson.