Drag racing and reckless driving are hard to sue in Shelby County

Shelby County’s top prosecutor appeared before Memphis City Council on Tuesday to unravel the myriad factors that must be reconciled before her office can charge an offender with drag racing — a societal risk that has been around nearly as long as automobiles.

Like other parts of the United States, Memphis is undergoing a wave of reckless driving. Data showing the increase in dangerous driving is lagging: complete datasets on arrests, fines and fatalities are at least a year behind.

But for many, the level of dangerous driving in Memphis feels higher lately, data or no data. The city’s own top cop, Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, has spoken on the subject several times.

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