SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), was signed into law by the Governor. AB 3 cracks down on illegal street racing by allowing courts to issue a driver’s license suspension for up to six months for participating in dangerous sideshows.
“Illegal sideshows continue to devastate families, claim innocent lives in our communities, and create serious risks for our youth,” said Assemblyman Fong. “Proactive enforcement is critical to stopping dangerous sideshows before they start. This law will make our streets safer for everyone and together, we will send a strong message that this dangerous activity will not be tolerated.”
Despite the state’s long history of illegal sideshows, Fong’s bill also assigns the first legal definition to “sideshow” in California statute—better equipping law enforcement to take action on dangerous sideshows.
As written in AB 3, “sideshows” occur when two or more vehicles block or impede traffic on a highway, for the purpose of performing vehicle stunts, speed contests, or reckless driving, for an audience.
Last year alone, the California Highway Patrol responded to over 25,000 calls involving illegal street racing activity. The Bakersfield Police Department fielded over 6,000 calls involving illegal street racing activity in 2020.
Spearheaded by Assemblyman Vince Fong, AB 3 was co-authored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-San Fernando Valley), Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), and Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park).
AB 3 is supported by a large coalition of statewide law enforcement, local government, victims’ rights groups, and traffic safety groups.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
How’s that going to work out ? Asian lawmaker making laws against black recreation.
You do realize that a large portion of the participants in these illegal events are of Asian descent. Troll somewhere else and continue to hide behind your keyboard, racist coward. All your posts have the same old racist overtones and bring nothing of substance to conversation. Move or STFU.
Censor when you don’t like the truth .
This law will go over like a cold turd!
Who will enforce this? Nobody backs the police as it is and you expect them to attempt to crack down on those lawless events. You expect them to run in their with clipped wings. Stupid ass politicians, all of you.
This is a nothing law. This activity will not stop until it is considered a Felony with mandatory jail time. Does anyone really think that suspending a license for 6 months will stop any of this activity? Why don’t we just give them a hug and tell them not to do it again. IDIOTS!
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