Street racing is illegal in Oklahoma but this weekend the city of Tulsa is giving a popular reality show the OK to shoot street racing in the city.
The City Council voted Thursday night to allow the reality show "Street Outlaws" to film on a stretch of public road this weekend.
Saturday cars will race on Port Road. The show promotes illegal street racing.
“It’s that image that concerns us greatly,” said retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper John Harris.
Harris is involved with a nonprofit organization called Beat the Heat. The group educates street racers on the right ways to race. They say to do it on a track and not on the street.
“This show is immensely popular coast to coast but it’s the image they are sending out to our youth. This has the appearance that this street racing is taking place on any given street,” Harris said.
In reality, it’s not any given street. According to the special event permit, five Tulsa police officers, EMSA and Tulsa firefighters will be on location to monitor the shot. Eastbound lanes of Port Road will also be blocked off.
Officer Leland Ashley told FOX23 the road is well-traveled and Harris said it’s known as a racing spot.
Ashley said he wants it made clear that street racing is never acceptable.
“It could ultimately
, maybe cause someone to lose their life and you could lose your life yourself. Put yourself in a safer situation so that you’re not injuring yourself and you’re possibly not injuring some family that’s on their way home from a picnic or something like that,” Ashley said.
Councilors voted 5-1 to allow "Street Outlaws" to film. Councilor G.T. Bynum said the city isn’t condoning street racing in Tulsa. They are just providing a venue for television production.
The production company will pay to have the emergency services on site.