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Law Enforcement on Illegal Street Racing

Video credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published 3 weeks ago - Duration: 02:40s
Law Enforcement on Illegal Street Racing
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Law Enforcement on Illegal Street Racing

ENFORCEMENT SAYS FOR THESECOND WEEKEND IN A ROW --THEY'VE SEEN A RISE INSTREET RACING ACTIVITY IN THECITY OF BAKERSFIELD ASWELL AS IN OUTLYING AREAS OFKERN COUNTY.23ABCS KYLIE WALKER JOINS USWITH A LOOK AT THE NUMBER OFCALLS OFFICIALS HAVE BEENRECEIVING AND THE WARNINGOFFICIALS HAVE FOR ILLEGALRACERS.JESS, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYPATROL FOR BAKERSFIELDSAYS THEY RECEIVED 21 CALLSREPORTING ILLEGAL STREETRACING ..

WITH THE BAKERSFIELDPOLICE DEPARTMENTSAYING THEY RECEIVED 36 REPORTSOF THE ILLEGAL RACING,AND OF THESE CALLS HAPPENINGJUST THIS PAST WEEKEND..."IS THIS WORTH TAKING SOMEONEELSES LIFE OVER OR YOUR OWNLIFE?

JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TODRIVE THAT WAYAND SHOW OFF YOUR CAR.AND SHOWOFF ITS ABILITIES ..

AND YOUWANT TO DO IT INA SAMS CLUB PARKING LOT..

THEREHAS TO BE A BETTER OPTION THANTHAT"AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENEDTO AN INNOCENTBYSTANDER LATE LAST YEAR..

WHENA STREET RACER LOST CONTROL OFHIS CAR."A VERY TRAGIC EVENT ..

WHERE APERSONWAS KILLED BECAUSE PEOPLE WERERACING AND HAVING THESE SPEEDCONTESTS ONTHE STREETS"ROBERT RODIGUEZ WITH THECALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROLTELLS ME HE SEEN GROUPS FROM 60TO AS LARGE AS 100PLUS GATHERING IN VARIOUS AREASOF THE COUNTY PARTICIPATING IN(ILLEGAL) STREET RACING."A VEHICLE IS NOT A TOY..

ITSNOTSOMETHING YOU JUST GO OUT ANDMESS AROUND WITH..

ITS NOT AVIDEO GAME.

"THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THEBAKERSFIELDPOLICE DEPARTMENT SGT.

NATHANMCCAULEY SAYS ITONLY TAKES ONE INSTANCE FORSOMEONE TO GET SERIOUSLYINJURED OR KILLED."SOMETIMES YOULL SEE IN SOME OFTHEVIDEOS THAT THEY'LL POST.GETTING VERY CLOSE TO OTHERPEOPLE OR OTHERCARS.

THESE ARENT PROFESSIONALRACETRACKS..

THESE ARENTPROFESSIONALDRIVERS..

ALTHOUGH IM SURETHEYRE PRETTY CONFIDENT IN THEIRSKILLS""I KNOW THIS PAST WEEKEND ..

WEHAD ASITUATION WHERE WE HAD A BURNOUTON HIGHWAY 178..

THESE PEOPLETHEY CLOSEDOWN THE FREEWAY AS THEY WEREDOING THEIR BURNOUTS..

"RODRIGUEZ REMINDING DRIVERS THATTHOSE THATENGAGE IN THESE SORTS OFACTIVITIES WILL SEERAMIFICATIONS."IF YOU ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED INIT YOURCAR CAN BE IMPOUNDED FOR 30DAYS..

YOU CAN ALSO ..

LOSE YOURLICENSECOMPLETELY RVOKED..

AND OFCOURSE YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMSWILL GO UP.."CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CHRISPARLIAR IS ALSO WORKING WITHCHP, BPD, AND THE LOCALRACETRACK, THE KERN COUNTYRACEWAY.

TOGETHER THEY HOPE TOFIND A WAY TO MOVE (ILLEGAL)STREET RACING TO A LEGALRACETRACK."YOU KNOW MECHANISMS WE CANUSE TO TRY AND REDUCE ILLEGALSTREET RACING..

BUT STILL GIVEPEOPLE AFORUM TO PARTICIPATE IN ACONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT"NOW PRIOR TO COVID 19 OFFICERRODRIGUEZ TELLS ME CHP HAD ATASK FORCE THAT SPECIFICALLYDEALT WITH STREET RACINGCASES..

THEY HOPE TO RE- STARTTHAT TASK FORCE AS SOONAS POSSIBLE BUT IN THEMEANTIME..

IF YOU SEE ILLEGALSTREETRACING..

"YOU" ARE URGED TO CALL911.NOW TO THE DEADLY SHOOTING

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