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Bill to Combat Illegal Street Racing and Sideshows Passes Senate Committee Unanimously

by ECT

A bill introduced by Assemblymember Vince Fong (R-Kern County) aims to tackle illegal street racing and sideshows passed through the Senate Transportation Committee this past week in a 17-0 vote.

The bill was introduced after the California Highway Patrol said street racing had surged across the state while there was also a 300 percent increase in citations over the last 5-years.

Assembly Bill 3 would implement penalties such as a driver’s license suspension for just the exhibition of speed racing, such as revving an engine and burning out vehicle tires in front of an audience in order to show off.

Existing law prohibits a person from engaging in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway or aiding or abetting in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway. Upon conviction, existing law punishes a person by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 90 days, by a fine of not more than $500, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
This bill would additionally authorize the court to order the privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended for 90 days to 6 months and restrict the person’s operation of a motor vehicle for the purposes of their employment, as specified. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend or restrict a driver’s license as ordered by the court.

“I authored this bill in response to what our local law enforcement officials have conveyed as a troubling and problematic trend in our neighborhoods,” Fong. “We need to increase the penalties for illegal street racing activities to send a message that this activity will not be tolerated.”

On April 22, the bill passed 68-6 the State Assembly with Democrat Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Ash Karla, Bill Quirk, Mark Stone and Phil Ting all voting no.

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3henry21 Jun 19, 2021 - 2:43 pm

It’s about freaking time… it sure took those idiots in Sacramento long enough, sideshows have been a real issue for many years.

ABC, Jr. Jun 20, 2021 - 12:04 am

Oh sure! That will help a lot. I’m sure the scumbags will be extremely law-abiding!

Unknown racer Jun 21, 2021 - 12:17 pm

Everyone I know that races won’t care if they get locked up for no more then 90 days. Its not gonna stop anything

Stop Censoring ECT Jun 22, 2021 - 4:25 pm

Marijuana is legal but car meets are not. Give me a break.

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