Tampa police hope gates will curb causeway street racing

- Now, a new tool is being deployed to shut it down and it's about as simple as it gets.  Gates will shut off the access roads along the causeway where the meet-ups go down.

FDOT put them up on both sides of the roadway.  There are  a total of six gates.  Each gate costs about $1800.

"We can't shut down the causeway, people have a right to go back and forth, but we are at least, late at night, shutting down the access roads," Hegarty said.

They'll be closed from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m.

It also means fishermen will no longer have access to the roads.

Tampa Police and the Florida Department of Transportation are fighting illegal street racing with new gates on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Tampa Police say for years the Courtney Campbell Causeway has been the hotspot for high-speed illegal racing.
"It is a very dangerous situation when people out there are driving at unsafe speeds, and you have a large crowd of people," said TPD spokesperson Steve Hegarty.

"Have the gates, but also create a parking lot of some sort, so people that want to go fishing or work out still can, but still eliminate the street racing," said Tampa resident Savannah Slater.

The gates went up over the weekend.  

TPD has sent officers out in the past to break up the night races, but officials think the gates will be a strong deterrent on a nightly basis.

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