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Updated: Antioch Mayor Holds Press Conference Declaring City a “No Side Show Zone”

by ECT

On Wednesday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Police Chief Tammany Brooks will host a press conference ahead of a possible “Summer Rideout” coming to Antioch at a future date.

According to the Mayor, he will declare Antioch a “No Side Show Zone” while outlining steps the city will take in both prevention and enforcement. Thorpe said in a statement on social media sideshows and rideouts are dangerous and can cause innocent lives to be destroyed and that the city will take a “zero tolerance” approach.

The press conference will be at 11:00 am.

Rideouts, which are similar to sideshows, involved people coming to a city and using off-road vehicles on streets and sidewalks.

Back on May 10, the Antioch Police Department stated after a vehicle vs. ATV,  that off-road vehicles are illegal on city streets.

3:00 pm UPDATE

Earlier today, Mayor Thorpe and Chief Brooks held a press conference regarding a “Summer Rideout” planned for June 20th, Father’s Day.
Below are a portion of Mayor Thorpe’s prepared remarks:
“It is never my intention to involve law enforcement to prevent these events from happening in the first place. For those who are planning and orchestrating this event, you have until Friday to cancel this event. I encourage those who were planning to attend not too, stay away.
If the Antioch Police Department has not received actionable and reliable information that this event has not been canceled, the Chief of Police will have my support in employing proactive law enforcement measures including seeking mutual aid assistance from allied agencies throughout the region, over time, and drone technology.
If you come to Antioch, your off-road vehicle will be impounded for 30 days costing you or your parents $3000 and you’re going to be issued a citation starting at $300.
I’m not messin around.”


Penalty for participating in Sideshows/Driving Off-Road vehicles on city streets:

  • Subject to up to 90-days in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • vehicle towed and stored for 30 days at your expense–costs runs in the $1,000’s

Editors Notes:

  • May 29, 2021: In response to recent sideshows, Antioch Police and neighboring agencies provided proactive traffic enforcement tail netting 50 vehicle stops, 12 citations, 5 towed vehicles, 2 guns recovered and 1 arrest.
  • May 22, 2021:   over 150 cars converged into several areas in Contra Costa County and engaged in several side shows. APD officers were able to stop a group of the vehicles with the help of the allied agencies. 20 subjects were issued citations and 21 vehicles were placed on 30-day tows from this scene. More info
  • May 10, 2021: Antioch Police responded to a report of a vehicle versus quad at Balboa Ct and Buchanan in the City of Antioch. the collision caused substantial damage and the ATV driver was thrown from his vehicle and was unresponsive when the first officers on scene arrived. While he did suffer substantial injuries, we are happy to learn that he is expected to survive this incident. More info
  • April 18, 2021: approximently 150 vehicles made their way from Pittsburg to parts of Antioch where all directions of traffic were blocked by vehicles and spectators as a large-scale side show took place. Many then left city limits and headed to Brentwood. More info
  • March 3, 2021: Antioch POA Issues Statement on Antioch’s Investigation of City Council Member Tamisha Torres-Walker. More info and full statement.
  • Dec. 30, 2020: City Councilwoman Blasts Antioch Police Department after claiming police scared and hurt her son who was riding a dirt bike and quad on city streets this week. More info + video of rant.

Via Henshaw & Henry, PC,

Who Can Operate an ATV?

Many parents make the mistake of thinking that since ATVs are recreational vehicles, they are safe for children. This has led to thousands of serious child injuries and fatalities over the years. California Vehicle Code section 38304.1 states that on private property, parents and guardians cannot permit children younger than 14 years of age to operate ATVs or other off-road motor vehicles if the children cannot reach the controls of the vehicle.

Allowing a younger or shorter child to use an ATV could result in the parent or guardian’s liability for an accident. To operate an ATV on public lands, the driver must be at least 18 years old, unless he or she has completed ATV safety training, has a safety certificate or is under the supervision of an adult with a safety certificate. Drivers do not need licenses to operate ATVs. It is also not necessary to register ATVs, use license plates or purchase vehicle insurance.

Rules of the (Off) Road While ATVing

It is illegal to operate an ATV on highways in California. You may only operate an ATV off-highway. It is also unsafe to operate an ATV on asphalt or paved roads. Manufacturers do not design ATVs to drive on pavement. The tires can grip the hardtop with too much pressure, causing the ATV to flip. You or a loved one could suffer serious injuries in an ATV rollover accident. Always obey the rules in the owner’s manual when operating an ATV.

California’s ATV laws state that no one may operate an ATV at a speed that is unreasonable or not prudent for conditions. An ATV speed that is not prudent is one that puts the driver, passengers, or other people or property at risk of injuries or damages. It is also illegal to drive an ATV in a way that causes willful, wanton or unnecessary damage to wildlife, farmland or natural habitats.

If you are operating an ATV at night, it must at least contain one headlight and a red rear lamp. The headlight needs a white light that is clearly visible from at least 200 feet away. Every ATV must also have a lighted red taillight that is visible from the rear. You must make these lights visible no later than 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise

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Jackson Jun 16, 2021 - 12:06 am

Oh sure! Declaring Antioch a “NO SIDE SHOW ZONE” will really make a huge difference to the scumbags who put those on and their observers. Yes sir! They will stay away from Antioch in DROVES! Excuse me, while I try to contain my laughter!

DVJ Jun 16, 2021 - 3:06 am

This is hysterical! So? The shitheads who do side shows where hundreds of cars congregate and attract hundreds of spectators, will just stop because Antioch has declared itself a No Side Show zone? How quaint is that? What have the city people been smokin’?

OLDVET Jun 16, 2021 - 9:50 am

This whole city of so-called leaders are smoking the free S..T they are getting from all the pot joints that are in town. This can be the only explanation for these asinine conferences and statements. It is one big S..THOLE once a beautiful Rivertown.

Gr8scot Jun 16, 2021 - 9:43 pm

How about the city’s “Firework” policy. Been 2 plus months strait in downtown with NO response. POS leadership. Stop this crap NOW as$ wipes! Everyday from 19:50 to 23:59. Enough is enough city. Will forward vets bills once received to you for payment.
Bunch of as$ wipes.

Ray Jun 16, 2021 - 9:47 pm

The mayor and police chief are morons!
They are probably at the sideshows themselves with
their “Black” homies.

Honey20 Jun 16, 2021 - 10:36 pm

APD can start by parking on West 18th Street and wait between the hours of 6pm and 8pm. That’s when the arsonist on the city councils kids ride their ATVs and dirt bikes down the middle of the road and on the sidewalks. Never stopping at the lights or stop signs.

MsKris Jun 16, 2021 - 11:59 pm

This article is missing more details about what is being done….
It’s becoming apparent that your personal opinions are now interfering with actual reporting by intentionally omitting information. Have some integrity. Just like the local news channels purposefully omitted info about the circumstances surrounding that young man that passed away after being arrested around Christmas. You’re doing the same thing. Omitting what doesn’t fit your narrative.

Will Spook Jun 17, 2021 - 6:20 am

This will not end well.

Lets get together and ride ATVs and play loud music hell lets let off fireworks during a drought.

Sounds like a lot of fun guys.

This is an all hands on deck scenario and I give the Mayor credit for standing up.

Steve Ericson Jun 17, 2021 - 3:45 pm

Well, maybe those little punks are not big fans of the term “Survival Of The Fittest” philosophy. Maybe they are hoping to get THE DARWIN AWARD! They might cut off some motorist who cannot swerve fast enough to avoid them. Then we’ll get another filthy ranting from the arsonist blaming the police for everything!

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