Cracking Down on Illegal Street Racing
Posted by Mitchell Englander on March 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, I introduced a motion increasing the penalties for illegal street racing, exhibition of speed, and reckless driving in the City of Los Angeles. The motion requests the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) report on the procedures needed to begin impounding vehicles used in illegal street racing, exhibitions of speed, and reckless driving, for the maximum amount of time allowed under the law. Additionally, it directs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow LAPD to seize and auction or destroy cars that are involved in street racing, exhibitions of speed, and reckless driving that leads to great bodily injury or death.
Illegal street racing, organized exhibitions of speed, and the reckless driving that ensues, have consistently been issues in the City of Los Angeles. These activities have become more widespread in recent years, as modern technology and social networking makes it easy for groups to quickly organize illegal races and exhibitions of speed on short notice. With the recent deaths of two spectators at an illegal race in Chatsworth, the City must work to fully understand this problem, and what efforts are being undertaken by the Police Department to curb these dangerous activities.
Enforcement efforts should also be stepped up, before more people are killed while participating in or watching illegal street races and exhibitions of speed. Vehicles used in these events should be impounded for the maximum amount of time allowed under California law. The City should look into ways of discouraging participation in illegal races and exhibitions of speed, such as impounding the cars of spectators, stepping up patrols in areas where these events are common, and issuing Public Service Announcements on the law and LAPD’s enforcement efforts. The City should also study what types of mitigations can be put in place to make streets less attractive for street racing, while not affecting regular users.
Click here to view the motion.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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