Residents Voice Mixed Reactions After Vehicles Recklessly Drift, Burnout, and Speed Throughout Lafayette
Some Lafayette residents are speaking out after a video showing a group of vehicles doing burnouts surfaced on social media.
The clip was from the parking lot near Khols and DSW at the corner of Ambassador Caffery and Settler's Trace. As the video opens up, a large cloud of white smoke can be seen and the squeal of tires burning out can be heard in the background.
Valerie Mertz posted the video to Facebook warning parents to check on their kids, but many of the commenters claim that some of the individuals responsible for the burnouts were also in their 20s.
At the end of the clip, you can see a Lafayette police officer pull up in an SUV and hit his lights. One of the cars that were drifting is then seen pulling away, as the officer follows and gives chase.
While some were appalled at the reckless activity, others saw it as harmless fun.
While some brushed off the incident as nothing of major concern, others seemed to issue a warning that it wouldn't be "fun and games" if they were ever put in danger by this type of behavior.
Another commenter suggested that it could take something bad happening for these individuals to "learn a lesson."
One person described a situation on Evangeline Thruway that was too close for comfort—seemingly suggesting that the vehicles seen in the video are the same ones that almost hit them.
Others didn't see the big deal—juxtaposing this activity with more serious crimes.
Another video posted to Facebook shows vehicles speeding through Lafayette in other parts of town.
According to what most people are saying, police are shorthanded and can't catch those responsible for this type of reckless behavior.
While some chalked up the burnouts and disturbances to a car show that was in town, others say this is a regular activity throughout Lafayette.
There is no official word from LPD on this issue at the moment, but we will update the story when and if more information becomes available.