A Colorado neighborhood was hit by large groups of drivers revving their engines into the early morning hours.
Nighttime “car rallies,” as Denver residents call them, keep neighbors awake well past midnight, and many fear they could escalate into more dangerous activities.
Nick Sandoval, a local from the area, said those who take part in the nighttime activities may already be gaining confidence as he has witnessed other brazen acts recently.
“The biggest thing I’ve noticed in the last few months has been spinouts at intersections,” Sandoval said FOX31.
He hasn’t seen any rallies that feature bright lights and motors, but after being shown a video of a rally, he wasn’t surprised.
Police were reportedly called to respond to the large gathering of vehicles, although they did not arrive in time – and the lack of response is something Sandoval said is all too common.
“What’s the point of calling the police if they don’t want to do anything or don’t have the resources to do something?” Sandoval said.
After FOX31 reached out to the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), it became clear why these gatherings are increasing – the police don’t have much power.
“While the department enforces Denver’s noise ordinance, vehicle noise is generally regulated at the federal level,” their statement said.
“In addition, DDPHE noise investigators do not have to limit their authority, they cannot stop vehicles and they cannot enforce violations. In such cases, we would refer you to the Denver Police Department (DPD).”
Sandoval fears that the nightly gatherings would quickly become dangerous without appropriate police intervention.
Especially as drivers begin using intersections as race tracks, according to Sandoval.
“I think it’s probably going to get worse and probably cause a problem in the future if these issues aren’t left untreated,” he added.
Denver police say gathering vehicles isn’t against the law as long as it doesn’t impede traffic and doesn’t interfere with private property.
“In general, cars can accumulate in parking lots unless they are blocking traffic, the property owner notifies them otherwise, or posted trespassing signs,” the ministry statement said.
“As far as noise is concerned, people can report noise complaints, but complainants must be prepared to sign them so that officers can report the offender. If there are large groups making excessive noise, we ask people to call the police.”