Ketchikan: City Council vote bans drag racing within city limits

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to ban motor-vehicle racing within city limits.

The city didn't have an ordinance specifically outlawing such activities, so police officers were forced to write tickets under the state statute, said Police Chief Grant Sirevog.

That meant fines went to the state, he said. It also often meant that police officers would be forced to argue the cases for themselves, because the state District Attorney's office did not usually send attorneys to argue traffic cases.

Sirevog said the city doesn't have a drag-racing problem.

Also Thursday, the council passed by a 5-2 margin a resolution opposing a ballot measure seeking to move the state Legislature from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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