Boston Police report taking a different tack to busting up weekend drag racing in Newmarket Square: Undercover officers who take down license-plate information with which to write out tickets, summonses and RMV requests to immediately revoke driver's licenses.
Police say that past efforts, which involved a wedge of uniformed officers descending on the area, mainly succeeded in scattering participants who were able to flee before police could stop them.
But the undercover operation this past Friday resulted in 75 citations, 35 applications for criminal charges and several requests to the Registry to immediately revoke people's licenses as threats to public safety.
Police say the weekend races have become so popular they're attracting people from across eastern Massachusetts - not to mention a hot-dog vendor.
Police say that in addition to Boston residents, the operation netted the names of people from Lowell, Everett, Lynn and various North Shore towns.