Green Bay car club pumps brakes on events, turns to education in wake of fatal crash
GB After Hours Co. looks at educating young people about the dangers of reckless driving.
“There is no city street where you can drive excessively, where you can drive recklessly. Since the first of the year and to this day, traffic is still our number one complaint,” said Commander Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department.
Dylan Jamrosz, president of GB After Hours Co. a car enthusiast club, tells Action 2 News he is familiar with the suspect.
“This individual was unfortunately kicked out of one of our events just within the past couple of weeks for doing a burnout and ripping through the parking lot and then running from the police,” said Jamrosz.
After the crash, Jamrosz and his team decided to pump the brakes on club events and come up with a plan to educate newcomers and young people about the dangers of reckless driving.
Jamrosz says car clubs like his have worked hard over the years to make a good name for themselves in the community by working with the city and police to get the proper permits to gather and talk shop.
Jamrosz doesn’t want this incident to make a bad name for those who enjoy cars.
“This is why we decided to postpone events so we can find a better way to really communicate to the people who come out to our events, and say this is why we have these rules so this doesn’t happen,” said Jamrosz.
Part of that is showing people where they can safely put the pedal to the metal.
“The past couple of years we started working with Wisconsin International Raceway (WIR) a lot more to, kind of, let the younger crowd know, hey this is an option. This is not just secluded to full blown race cars. Almost every Friday night during the summer it’s opened up to street cars, everything,” said Jamrosz.
Jamrosz hopes by showing people there are designated spots where people can show off the power of their cars, they won’t feel the need to do it on city streets, putting lives in danger.
“We’ve lost a lot of really good people in the last several years due to recklessness and bad decisions in general. I really do feel for the family, it’s awful,” said Jamrosz.
Members of the club intend to hold a fundraiser for the victims of Sunday’s crash.
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