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.
“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.