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									Street Racing

     Ronald W. Glensor
         Session Objectives
• Examine “street racing” and contributing factors.
• Identify factors that will help in understanding
  “Your Local Problem”
• Identify “best practices” and less effective
  responses to street racing
• Examine less effective responses
• Identify Evaluation Measures
Racing versus Cruising
An American Tradition
A New Generation of Racers
A Global Issue as Well
              What Are Some
             Related Problem?
• Auto Theft (Hondas &
  Acuras top 5 makes)
• Insurance Fraud
• Illegal vehicle
• Noise/Crowds/fights
• Theft/Fencing auto parts
• Gambling
• Accidents
• Pedestrian injuries &
            Why So Popular?
• Unsupervised activity and
• Attracts people too young
  for bars and other adult
  only activities
• Socializing with friends
• Show off car and driving
• Spectator sport
• Speed is addicting!
     What Information Is Needed to
    Understand Your Local Problem?
•   Incident and Crime Analysis Data
•   Local/Regional Racing Websites
•   Information about the “Incidents”
•   Information about “Locations/Times”
•   Information about “Offenders”
•   Information about “Victims”
•   Assess Current Responses
 Data Gathering and Analysis
• Most agencies CAD don’t have dedicated coding
  for street racing
• Even with CAD coding, other related incidents
  may not be evident (sales to stolen parts, under-
  aged drinking, etc…)
• Most agencies relegated to hand searching CAD
  and crime reports.
   Tracking Racing Websites
• Street Racing web-sites are popular.
• Many sites are specific to a city; e.g.,
  bakersfieldstreetracing.com, cvsr.net (socal)
• Information about legal/illegal events may be obtained
  from club news, chat rooms, message boards, etc…
• SEME (Specialty Equipment Market Assoc) Association)
  strongly opposes police efforts
• Racelegal.com and NHRA.com focus their efforts on
  promoting legal street racing.
• Streetracing.org (magazine)
•   Number of calls
•   Nature of complaint
•   Accidents related to racing/injuries
•   What attracts racing to the jurisdiction
•   Reports of retaliation among competing racers
• Who is harmed? (racers, passengers,
  onlookers, innocent motorist, business
  owners, residents)
• What is public’s opinion about racing? (letters
  to editor, surveys, public meetings, formal
• Who are Victims? (demographics, their
• Who are injured or killed?

                                (7/14/04 - HOUSTON) — Three people,
                                including an innocent bystander,
                                were killed when two brothers allegedly
                                raced down a southwest Houston street.
• What is known about racers?
• If organized, are they criminal, gangs, car
• Why do they race?
• Are participants unsupervised youth?
• Where do racers live?
• Do cited racers repeat?
• Who are the worst offenders?
• Are they operating unsafe vehicles?
• What is the nature of the area(s) where racing
  takes place?
• Where are the hot spots
• What environmental factors contribute to racing
• What related offenses are involved
  (disturbances, assaults and weapons, liquor,
  curfew, graffiti)
• When does racing occur?
  Review Current Responses
• What’s working, what’s
  not and Why?
• Are there adequate
  ordinances and laws to
  deal with racing and
  relate problems?
• Are stakeholders and
  partners identified and
  involved in solutions?
• Do adequate resources
  exist to deal with the
    Responding to Street Racing
       Enforcement of Ordinances
• Reckless driving, exhibition of
  speed, altered muffler, noise,
• Freemont, CA. Banned all
  traffic between 10pm and 6am
  on 10 most popular roads used
  for racing. Violators subject to
• Reno, Nevada. Spectators
  within 200 feet of race may be
  fined $200.
• State of Texas enacted harsher
  penalties for street racing.
   Responding to Street Racing
    Impound and/or Seize Vehicles
• Many jurisdictions impound vehicles engaged in
  street racing
• San Diego, CA. among first to pass vehicle
  forfeiture ordinance. A vehicle declared a
  nuisance may be permanently seized when
  used in race or exhibition of speed.
• Stockton, CA. targeted vehicles versus drivers,
  relying on ordinance that allows police to seize
  vehicles involved in racing or exhibition for
  speed for 30 days.
   Responding to Street Racing
     Partnership With Businesses
• Street racers often find
  popular gathering places
  to socialize and plan
  racing for the evening
• Posting no trespass signs
• Limiting after-hour access
  to area
• Employing private security
   Responding to Street Racing
       Close/Alter Streets
• Speed bumps, barricades and k-
• Use of freeway message signs to warn
   Responding to Street Racing
             Legal Alternatives
• Several national programs to promote legal
  street racing include, Beat the Heat, Racers
  Against Street Racing, National Hot Rod
• Encourage safe and legal racing on a designated
• Most jurisdictions require valid license and safety
  check before racing
      Responses with Limited
• Installing speed bumps
• Citing and Releasing Racers
• Using Decoy Police Vehicles
          How Do You Measure
•   Reduced numbers of racers
•   Reduced number of racing incidents
•   Reduced number of racing related incidents
•   Reduced number of public complaints
•   Increased public satisfaction

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