Reinforcing Public Safety on our Streets
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 02, 2017 at 12:49 PM
This week, I joined Councilmember Bob Blumenfield to submit a resolution that supports AB 1393 (Friedman) which would give local jurisdictions a valuable tool for combating street racing and reckless driving.
Under current law, individuals found guilty of engaging in a speed contest or reckless driving can often retrieve their vehicle from impound soon after the incident. Current law does not act as an effective deterrent to this behavior, and local jurisdictions are preempted by State law from enacting stricter penalties for street racing or reckless driving.
The United States Department of Justice studies show that impounding a vehicle used in street racing or reckless driving is an effective tool for deterring racing, as the cost of retrieving a vehicle is prohibitive to many, and it limits the driver’s ability to continue racing the vehicle.
AB 1393 (Friedman) would enhance penalties for illegal street racing on local streets and require that a vehicle be impounded for 30 days if the vehicle’s owner has been convicted of reckless driving or an exhibition of speed. AB 1393 would also authorize a local jurisdiction to issue a notice to vehicle owners to correct any illegal mechanical or safety modifications, such as exhaust systems or tinted windows, within 30 days of retrieving their vehicle from impound.
This coincides with the original resolution I introduced earlier this year to support any legislation that would enable local jurisdictions to impound, seize, auction or destroy vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crimes, street racing, exhibitions of speed or reckless driving.
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