ST. PETERS, MO. (KTVI) – A Discovery Channel cable show that features street racing brought its production crew to St. Peters this weekend. The city issued a permit and shut down Premier Parkway so the firm could film street racing overnight Saturday for the “Street Outlaws” show. The production uses vacant streets or unused airport runways as the settings for filming.
Police officers hired by the production firm were told to keep the media and the public away from the area.
Officers refused to allow a FOX2 News crew to remain and production staff refused to be interviewed.
St. Peters spokeswoman Lisa Bedian said the officers were not part of the TV show.
Critics of the show, now in its third season, say it promotes dangerous street racing and may encourage young drivers to violate laws and race their cars in dangerous situations putting themselves and innocent drivers at risk.
A group called Evo Street Racers is campaigning to get street racing off public streets and moved to race tracks .
Premier Parkway was closed at Truman Blvd., Spencer Rd., and Executive Center Parkway at about 5:30 pm Saturday. It was scheduled to remain off limits until early Sunday morning. The parkway runs through farm land that is for sale for an industrial park.
Heavy rain moved in after 7 pm Saturday. It is not known if the racing was rescheduled for another day or if it proceeded despite the bad weather.