UPDATE: Changes for neighborhood plagued by reckless drivers after police patrol

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -

UPDATE JAN. 12: People in the area now say Las Vegas police are patrolling the area several times a day.

The family who first reached out to 13 Action News says they haven't had any issues in more than a week.

UPDATE JAN. 4: Las Vegas police have now responded to the area of Charleston and Hollywood boulevards where there have been several reports of reckless drivers.

“They drag race and they drift -- outside the houses," says Jenn Pearre, who lives just a blocks away.

Pearre told 13 Action News the same thing is happening in her neighborhood.

"They go at least 45 miles per hour up this tiny little cul du sac," she says.
 
Pearre says reckless drivers race up and the down the street right in front of her home.  

"Revving their engines and then took off like a bat out of hell,” says Pearre, a mom of three young children.
 
She worries the drivers are making the streets too dangerous.  

"Now I have the fear of do I let my kids come out and play with me here, or do I have to keep them secluded in the back yard?" she asks. "What if they lose control of their car? There goes one of my kids. There goes my home. There goes my car."
 
A neighbor sent 13 Action News pictures showing skid marks along Amber Crest Street. Young men, some just teenagers, stood in the middle of the street, forcing cars to swerve around them.
 
"It can be like two or three in the morning and they're racing up and down the street, skidding all over and revving the engine," says a woman who would only give us the name Karen.

She complained that screaming engines and screeching tires frighten her young granddaughter.

"She's wanting to sleep with us because it wakes her up. It wakes all of us up."
 
Karen told 13 Action News she complained to police one time. Someone vandalized her daughter's car as payback.

"The next morning. She had a switchblade in her tire," Karen says.
 
Police tell us they’ve issued warnings to some of the people they believe to be the drivers in question and have visited high schools.

Police say they’re also patrolling the area more during the times those reckless drivers are on the road.

UPDATE JAN. 3: Jaime Hamilton took her concerns about reckless drivers to police at the Northeast Area Command center during its First Tuesday meeting.

Hamilton spoke with an officer and a sergeant about what has been happening in her neighborhood.
 
She showed them a few videos of the burnouts and donuts drivers do at all hours of the day and night.
 
"I was disappointed," she said. "I really expected them to take it a little more seriously."
 
Hamilton was told to fill out a service request form and that someone should call her back in the near future. Hamilton was told it may lead to a couple of patrol officers sitting by the intersection to scope it out.
 
"Which would be awesome," she said. "I would love to see that. I don't know what the timeline is. I hope it happens quickly. I have they will do something eventually. It may not be in my timeline that I want but you know, I'm going to keep on it, I'm not giving up."

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- It’s like a scene out of the movie “The Fast and the Furious" -- reckless drivers terrorizing a northeast valley community.

In one instance the driver of a pickup truck revved the engine and drove in circles at the intersection of Charleston Avenue and Fogg Street.
 
“People are doing donuts, doing burnouts,” says Jaime Hamilton, a homeowner.
 
Tires screeched in a frenzy of smoke and piercing noise, day and night.
 
“After school, 3 o’clock on the morning, weekends, it doesn’t matter,” Hamilton says.
 
The drivers leave behind tread marks that look like alien crop circles.
 
Hamilton says it’s driving her and her neighbors out of their minds.
 
“It’s waking me up in the middle of the night. It’s making my dogs go crazy,” Hamilton says.
 
Hamilton is the mom of a young daughter. She worries one day one of these drivers will do some real damage.
 
“Kids walking to and from school. Some day, somebody’s gonna get hurt or killed,” Hamilton says.
 
13 Action News spotted skid marks at nearby intersections, even in the parking lot of a school.
 
Chris Maez, the father of two kids, says drivers speed through the area, putting kids at risk.  
 
“They bottom out. Sparks fly and everything. People just come through here flying,” Maez says. “Super dangerous.”
 
Hamilton says she hasn’t complained to police yet. She’ll make it a point to tell police now so they can crack down.
 
“I definitely will be at the next meeting,” Hamilton says.
 
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told 13 Action News if this is happening in your neighborhood, go to one of the community meetings held the first Tuesday of each month. A captain or lieutenant usually attends the meetings.
 
Also, contact your local precinct as the problem is happening. If cops don’t know about it, they can’t do anything about it.
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