Street racing in Reno: an inside look

Street racers gather at the corner of Mill and Edison at midnight on a Saturday in September.
Street racers gather at the corner of Mill and Edison at midnight on a Saturday in September.(KOLO)
Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 4:06 PM PST
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If you drive down Edison Way in east Reno during business hours, it will typically be quite busy, with people either going to school, or to one of the businesses in the area. However, at night, when schools are out, and the businesses are closed – you’ll be hard pressed to find a single person in any of the buildings. The street is also very wide, and perfectly straight – making it the perfect location for street racing.

“I hear them when I’m out, racing up and down the streets,” says Reno resident Eric Nelson. “Mostly on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Nelson lives in central Reno not far from the airport, and says he has seen or heard racers on different streets in the area going back 20 years.

“Around midnight we would hear them racing up the streets,” he recalled.

Midnight on Friday and Saturday nights is when the racing is set to begin. The racers meet in various parking lots before making their way to Edison Way. Some weeks have bigger turnouts than others.

Sometimes only two cars face off, and others, it’s a three person race. It usually gets going at midnight, but sometimes, police intervene.

“Street racing is an issue, and we take it very seriously,” says Officer Travis Warren of RPD.

Reno Police declined to comment specifically on the Edison way racing scene, but does encourage the public to call in what they see.

“We need to be in an area where we can observe violations occurring,” Warren said. “So when our community lets us know what is going on and when things are going on, it helps us utilize our resources more effectively.”

Some nights police will be there at midnight waiting for the racers to arrive, but on at least one of those occasions, several cars returned after 1 a.m., and got a few races in then.

Efforts are being made to prevent this, as a temporary speed bump has been installed near the corner of Edison, to try and slow them down.

Copyright KOLO-TV 2019

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