NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - COVID-19 has led to less traffic. According to Councilwoman Joy Styles, those empty streets have become a stage for nefarious behavior.

“It has become far worse,” Styles said of the city’s drag racing problem. “So now our streets are more empty [sic] and they are empty longer.”

Styles said that drag racing is increasingly a problem on Murfreesboro Pike and Nolensville Road, and a shortage of police officers is making it difficult to address.

“We are short-manned, so we’ve been utilizing the helicopter. There have been aerial pursuits because, of course, officers don't want to do a high-speed chase in a residential neighborhood or, quite frankly, any of our streets.”

As a result, Styles proposed license plate readers in Davidson County. They would come with not only the benefit of catching the drag racers, but identifying stolen cars.

“Introducing them in a very narrow and defined way gives us an opportunity to do a pilot for a few months see the data that comes back, and see what proceeds from there,” Styles said. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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