Combating Illegal Street Racing with an Innovative Solution
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 19, 2017 at 12:27 PM
This week, I introduced a motion to the Los Angeles City Council to provide funding for a pilot program coordinated by the Department of Transportation to prevent illegal street racing by installing "rumble strips" on Plummer St between Canoga Ave and Topanga Canyon Blvd. The new rumble strip product is the first of its kind in the City of Los Angeles and when installed will feel similar to the abrasiveness of speed hump for vehicles engaged in street racing.
This pilot will explore the efficacy of rumble strips which have the potential to be a cost-effective tool to stop illegal street racing in its tracks. Illegal street racing is a frequent problem for multiple neighborhoods across Los Angeles.
Policing such activity is challenging due to the fact that officers and resources must be deployed at the exact time and place in order prevent its occurrence. Rumble strips serve to deter street racing before it begins by making would-be race tracks undesirable without impeding the regular flow of traffic.
While the roar of car engines might be exciting in the Fast & Furious movies, it can be a serious disturbance and downright dangerous when illegal racing occurs in neighborhoods and on streets not designed for such activity. Families in Los Angeles neighborhoods deserve peace of mind in their own homes.
Click here to read the Daily News article and click below to view my interview with CBS.