JFX becomes weekend raceway
Sidney M. Levy,of Olmstead Green in Baltimore, wrote in to report on a problem I've been hearing a lot about:
"I live near another tragedy-waiting-to-happen. I live in Cross Keys and our back patio is parallel to the stretch of the JFX between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway. Beginning at about 8:00 P.M. on any spring or summer evening, motorcycles race up the highway, passing other vehicles as though standing still. The roar of the bikes continue until the wee hours of the morning.
"These crazies up shift and downshift to make even more noise as the weave in and out of traffic. We reported this to (Councilwoman) Sharon Middleton who offered no assistance other than "call 311". A true, dedicated public servant! At some point lots of blood will spill on the JFX and the hand-wringing will begin. Maybe you ought to look into this situation? The police are missing an opportunity to collect lots of tickets- if they can figure out a way to catch these nuts."
I've been hearing reports of such activity for some time. Apparently the section of the JFX that runs behind the Sun building just to the north of Pleasant Street also becomes the site of motorcycle races on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Cracking down on these racers is no easy task. They seem to enjoy nothing more than leading police on a dangerous high-speed chase. But that's no reason to just let this go on. Here's a challenge for the city police: Devise an execute a strategy for catching these racers and containing them. Take back the JFX.