Mar 6, 2023
Illegal street racing and takeovers have plagued Los Angeles County in recent years, with accidents leading to injuries as well as fatalities reported. Laws such as California AB 3 have been enacted to increase the penalties on illegal street racing at a statewide level.
Now, engineers with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) are proposing new designs for intersections and busy roadways in an effort to combat reckless drivers, according to a report from local KTLA.
“For years, the Angelino Heights area has been plagued by dangerous street racing and takeovers, leaving residents frustrated over the troubling rise in illegal activity,” KTLA reported, noting that the neighborhood was prominently featured in the “Fast & Furious” films and remains a “hotspot for drivers to perform dangerous stunts.”
Residents have reportedly been urging local officials as well as Universal Pictures for years to help combat the illegal street racing and takeover activity. They say, however, that their concerns have not been taken seriously.
“Street racing fans visit the area year-round, with some hoping to live out their dangerous street stunt fantasies,” KTLA said.
As a result, LADOT is now proposing a series of road design changes targeting the intersections most impacted by illegal street racing and sideshow takeovers.
According to KTLA, officials have indicated that some of the elements may include:
“Because of the social media, it really blew up,” resident Alan Lee told KTLA. “Everybody’s doing this for ‘likes.’ I’ve seen this neighborhood go through stages and within the last 20 years, it’s actually become worse because of the racing. They’ll do doughnuts here or in the intersection. It’s very dangerous.”
“There was a period where they were talking about having a bigger police presence here and solving this through infrastructure instead which just seems like a win-win for everybody,” resident Josh Weiss said to KTLA.
“Officials are hoping the new street designs will serve as a successful example for other L.A. neighborhoods on how to deter illegal and potentially deadly stunts,” KTLA reported.
A 2022 report from iNews noted that street racing has been immortalized in movies for decades. Since the pandemic, however, the illegal activity has “gained a new lease of life.”
“…when stay-at-home orders in LA left the infamous gridlocked freeways completely empty, [it was] an invitation too tempting to ignore for the city’s underground street racing circuit.
Some of the latest Los Angeles street racing statistics for 2023 include:
Additionally, Sergeant Michael Downing of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the L.A. Daily News that in 2022, calls increased by about 60% from 2020 to 2021.
In terms of the number of street racing calls the Sheriff’s Department responded to year-by-year:
Illegal street racing is a crime. As a result, if you were injured in this type of accident, the driver who engaged in the illegal activity can be held liable for damages, and you may be entitled to a significant cash settlement.
Injuries in street racing accidents can vary in severity and type:
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