Salt Lake police cracking down on street racers

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The new movie "Fast and Furious" hits theaters Friday night, and police hope it doesn't glamorize a practice they don't want to see.

Officers say those adrenaline-filled, high-speed chases featured in the film are far from reality. In real life, people can and do get hurt.

A scene from "Fast and Furious"
A scene from "Fast and Furious"

The Salt Lake City Police Department and city leaders have created an ordinance that would crack down on street racing. "It's not just those involved; it's those who egg it on, those who observe and are attracted by it too," said Salt Lake police spokeswoman Laura Jones.

The ordinance would make it illegal for anyone to participate in any way in street racing; even observing it would be against the law. It's in the final drafting stages and should be presented to the City Council and mayor soon.

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