- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln officials are searching for the people who stole about $5,500 worth of rubber speed bumps that were recently installed to prevent drag racing.

Earlier this month, the thieves removed 48 pieces of rubber weighing a total of 2,400 pounds along McCormick Drive in northeast Lincoln, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1tdDnY9 ) reported Wednesday. The speed bumps were secured to the concrete with 300 6-inch bolts, according to Scott Opfer, the city’s traffic operations manager.

“It was pretty calculated and well-planned,” he said.

Public works employees installed the speed bumps in June, Opfer said, after receiving a request from police. The bumps were strategically placed throughout a half-mile strip that’s popular for racing, even though the speed limit in the area is 25 mph.

Lincoln police determined a motorcyclist who died on the stretch of road in 2008 was driving faster than 80 mph before the accident. A couple of years later, a 19-year-old driver and his passenger were lucky to escape a fiery crash after traveling 95 mph down the road.

“Street racing is dangerous,” Public Safety Director Tom Casady said. “And undoubtedly, some people have been drinking. It’s just a completely unsafe environment.”

Before they were removed, the speed bumps seemed to be working, Opfer said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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