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Race a cop for 25 bucks

This has been on digg on my phone for the past couple days and I am surprised it hasn't made it on here yet...

PRETTY AWESOME!
Good to see a story about the police like this..


http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/Florida-Officers-Battle-Drivers-in-Legal-Street-Races/1$46460

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http://www.justnews.com/video/19308040/index.html


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Florida Officers Battle Drivers in Legal Street Races

Officers said they have seen a drastic reduction in illegal street racing since "Beat the Heat" started in 2007.


Once a month police officers race anyone over the age of 18 for $25.
Story by justnews.com

MIAMI --

If you talk to Anthony Gonzalez, you will realize quickly that there is no talking him into slowing down on the road.

"Adrenaline rush -- the closer I feel to getting killed, the more I love it," Gonzalez said.

The trick is controlling the passion for racing from spilling onto public roadways.

"How fast have you gone?" Local 10's Sasha Andrade asked Gonzalez.

"One-hundred-sixty, 170," he replied.

Police officers are redirecting people like Gonzalez from the street to the County Line Drag Way. The program is called Beat the Heat. Once a month, officers will race anyone over the age of 18 for $25.

"You could bring your mother’s minivan. You can bring a pure racing car. It doesn't matter," said Officer Jose Ayala with the Medley Police Department.

"We're actually getting a lot of kids and adults alike come here and say, 'We used to race in Davie. You probably used to chase us around, and now we're here on the track and we want to race your car,'" said Officer Ron Bradley with the Davie Police.

Officers said they have seen a drastic reduction in illegal street racing since Beat the Heat started in 2007.

"We used to have races in the warehouse district almost every Friday, Saturday night. They've completely stopped," Bradley said.

Racers told Local 10 that they actually prefer the track.

"It's better and it's safer," one racer said.

The next Beat the Heat race is May 23 at 7 p.m. at the County Line Drag Way on Okeechobee Road.

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Watch the video!
Looks like they did a few little mods to that squad.. Like... A wheelie bar
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there is many diffrent ways to reduce illegal street racing...... this in my opinon is by far not only my favorite but im also willing to bet turns out to be one of the most effective.

puts cops who probably dont want to put civilians at risk against street racers who probably might of never gone to the strip if it werent for the chance like this. briliant idea

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gconsier. rep for you great find, and +1000 it is great to see cops taking an initative like this
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You can race at Great Lakes for $20 (I think). You get as many runs as you can fit in one day.

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You can race at Great Lakes for $20 (I think). You get as many runs as you can fit in one day.
did you even read the article or watch the video?
or are you being purposely obtuse?
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did you even read the article or watch the video?
or are you being purposely obtuse?
No I didn't watch the food but I figured if it was $25 to race a cop, people would pay $20 to race their friends all day.

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lol sorry blonde moment typed it forgot to send it.....now i sent one for the original rep, 1/2 for forgeting, and 1/2 just because im in a giving mood today

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So they get to race against squad cars??

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So they get to race against squad cars??
those are more than squad cars. more like races car with squad light.

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those are more than squad cars. more like races car with squad light.
normal squads dont have wheelie bars?
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The reporter chick was pretty hot.
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Not to steal your thunder................but stuff like this has been going on since the late 60's or early 70's. Which proves it's a good idea. I especially liked the Crown Vic burnout near the end of the vid.
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The next Beat the Heat race is May 23 at 7 p.m. at the County Line Drag Way on Okeechobee Road.
"She said Okeechobee Road!"

"She's Okeedokee!"

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I would pay $25 to race a cop at Great Lakes. Don't know why I would rather spend more money one a single race than less money to race all day but seeing as I have never been to Great Lakes to race...

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Defeats the whole purpose.
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thats a cool concept.. ya know, 'boosting police/community relations' n all

i wonder how what's the cops' record? haha

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Defeats the whole purpose.
Don't under estimate the desire and draw to 'beat the man' without the risk of getting into trouble.

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