Erie Blvd. in the middle of the week is always a busy stretch of the city. But on Friday nights it transforms into a stretch for "street racing."
"It's been getting worse every summer and I'm fed up with it," said McDonald's employee William Murray.
Murray works at the McDondald's at the corner of Erie Blvd and Seeley Rd. Just this Friday, the lot was full of people here to watch the races.
"A lot of it is them trying to use Erie Blvd as a drag strip," said Murray.
Murray has been a McDonald's employee for more than five years. He says the racing gets "worse" every year. But the crowds have "grown" even more this year.
"Put it this way, come here at 5 a.m. Saturday morning and see what I have to clean up," said Murray.
Friday Syracuse Police officers were seen parked at both lots.
"They might have been conducting some enforcement action assigned to this are but there might have been a complaint at the McDonalds that they had to address," said Syracuse Police Officer Lonnie Dotson.
Officer Dotson says police patrol the area every year, seeing violations like Reckless Driving, unauthorized speed contest, unlicensed operators and more.
"Again, we don't have a problem with people coming down, enjoying themselves, looking at the cars however when they start involving taking action such as unsafe speed contests or violating the vehicle and traffic law, then it becomes a problem," says Dotson.
But as for the crowds, police say they can't take any enforcement action on private property. Not until a complaint or an affidavit of trespassing is filed.
"I know in the years past they didn't want any enforcement action. They've welcomed with open arms to congregate in the parking lot," said Dotson.
After receiving complaints about the racing and loud noises, Syracuse Police announced Tuesday that they would be "concentrating units" to the area this weekend. Officers are anticipating car enthusiasts in town for the Syracuse Nationals and want people to lawfully enjoy the cars. But for some living and working in the area, they're hoping the "racing" will end for good.
"I worry about someone possibly trying to cross the street and they get hit," said Murray.
SPD says the increase in enforcement is a result of complaints made to the department and the mayor's office. A spokesperson for the mayor's office says they were not aware of any complaints and are looking into the matter.