Crushing Cars in Cali to deter Street Racing!

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  1. NYC94GT

    NYC94GT Active Member

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    Just saw on FOX News a video of the local impound yard crushing cars confiscated from Cops who've arrested street racers in LA. The only thing I liked about it was they crushed a Honda!! :banana: But I have mixed emotions about this. I dont' condone street racing as I've seen what it can do to you when accidents happen, but to take someone's car and CRUSH it?? My friend almost lost his Eclipse which he dumped over $40k into when NYPD rolled up on him because "they say" he was inciting an illegal street race contest with another car. Meanwhile "he said" he was sitting at a light when another car pulled up next to him and revved their engine. They arrested him, took the car, but if it wasn't for his quick thinking Lawyer who put a "stop action" on the process the city would have put his car up for auction BEFORE he even had his day in court! I dunno, just think it's a bit harsh to be honest. Loss of license and Insurance should be first. :help2:
     
  2. jfor441

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    Thats why I love living in a "free" state. It bullshit when laws like that can be passed. I definitely don't condone street racing, but instead of impounding and auctioning or crushing cars, they should fine the hell out of them.
     
  3. slow-six

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    california today, it could be any state tomorrow creating the same laws. its not fair, but the law can get by with almost anything. take your car, your land, your money. :nonono:
     
  4. Lightning Struck

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    Hmmm thats a pretty harsh punishment for street racing.........BUT

    everyone knows how dangerous it is and what the results COULD be if things go bad. The law is trying to cut out the deaths and injury that happens when street racing goes wrong, so in that respect I can see where they are coming from with such a harsh punishment. On the other hand to completely destroy personal property like that seems that the Government is going over the line of protecting the people and turning a democracy into a communist rule of law. ???
     
  5. scarface

    scarface Guest

    blame it on the fast and furious movies.
     
  6. Lightning Struck

    Lightning Struck Legend

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    :nonono: :nonono: :nonono:
     
  7. GDawg

    GDawg Well-Known Member

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    Fine the Hell out of someone but leave their pony alone. It the old days they didn't kill your horse... :mad:

    Government is slowly becoming a complete controlling government... not good. And it's not any party's fault. It's America wanting them to protect us from every thing.

    :dunno:
     
  8. TxCobrA98

    TxCobrA98 Legend

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    that is a very very gay punishment.. i would literally knock some peoples faces if they crushed my car.. albeit cop, the guy crushing it, or a curious by standard..

    i would think that sort of punishment would lead to more pursuits if the person knew their car was going to be crushed.....? :dunno:
     
  9. 1Fast92FiveOh

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    I believe if you are a repeat offender that has participated in street racing then you may have your car crushed.....i looked on CHPs website and this is what I found.....


    For those who love cars, customizing and racing are a way of life. Some dedicated performance enthusiasts, however, are putting their cars, their buddies and their lives on the line by street racing.


    Street racing is illegal. The CHP won't hesitate to take street racers to court.

    A first conviction on a street racing violation means:

    Minimum county jail sentence of 24 hours and maximum of 90 days.
    Vehicle probably impounded for at least 30 days.
    Owner responsible for vehicle's towing and storage charges ($1,000 or more).
    If owner fails to pay, vehicle could be sold at a lien sale.
    Anyone who aids or abets a street race also faces a maximum 90-day jail sentence.
    Instead, take your car to a National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned track or drag strip, where you can race safely under optimum conditions.



    "Nots" for the Hots

    Illegal equipment most often cited by the CHP:


    Loud car stereo.
    Illegal if heard more than 50 feet from the vehicle
    (27007 VC).
    Lack of front and rear DMV-issued license plates
    (5200 VC).

    Radar jammers. Radar detectors are legal, but jammers, or any device which interferes with radar signals, are illegal (28150 VC).


    Illegal...

    Lowered frame (or any other part) that is lower than the lowest point of the wheel rim (24008 VC).
    Air and hydraulic suspension systems that are operated unsafely or with the vehicle lower than allowed (24002, 24008 VC).
    Tinting the front side windows and the windshield (except for a narrow band at the top of the windshield). Windows behind the driver's head may be tinted. If rear window is tinted, right-side mirror is required (26708 VC).
    Lack of white rear license plate light (24601 VC). It must illuminate the license plate, not project light behind the vehicle.
    Missing front and/or rear bumpers (28071 VC).


    Illegal engine modifications. Most are illegal due to smog (27156 VC). See Air Resources Board web site for more info and list of parts that are legal.


    Blue and yellow headlights. Headlights must be white - blue and yellow are illegal (24011 VC). Look for the DOT symbol on the bulb and package.
    Headlights brighter or higher wattage than those from the factory. You may be able to see better, but the lights are illegal (24011 VC).
    Tail lights other than red (24600 VC).
    Illegal brake lights. Brake lights on vehicles newer than 1979 must be red (24603 VC). (Vehicles older than 1979 may be red or yellow.)
    Lack of rear reflectors. Two red reflectors are required on the rear of cars and trucks (24607 VC).
    Incorrect color of turn signal. It must be white or yellow to the front, red or yellow to the rear (24953 VC).
    Red lights to the front. They are illegal except on emergency vehicles (24003 VC).
    Tail lights that incorporate a bulb with a red tint or coating. In general, custom tail lights that incorporate a clear outer shell and red inner lens are legal (24011 VC). If they don't incorporate reflectors, they must be added to the vehicle (24607 VC).
    Tail lights that are too dim, washed out or show yellow, white or other colors (24600 VC).
    Illegal color of side marker lights. If present, must be yellow in the front and red in the rear (25106, 24003 VC).
    Driving with just parking lights on (24800 VC). Vehicles that have factory-installed automatic daytime running lights must meet federal requirements and are legal.
    Illegal decorative lights (24003 VC). All flashing decorative lights are illegal (25250 VC).
    Illegal windshield washer nozzle lights. Only white or yellow are allowed. (25106 VC, 24003 VC).


    Lights attached to tire valves (24003, 25250 VC).
    Lighted license plate frames (unless red) (24003 VC).
    Illegal lights, whether or not they are operating. It is illegal just to have them on the vehicle (24003 VC).


    Excessively noisy exhaust systems and mufflers (27150, 27151 VC). Many aftermarket exhaust systems and parts are illegal. Look for parts that meet California law. If it doesn't say it meets the law, it probably doesn't.


    Exhaust systems which meet smog requirements but are still too loud. Exhaust equipment that states it is, "Legal in all 50 states," refers to smog, not noise.
    Note: New law (27150.2 VC) does not require law enforcement to use sound level meters to test for excessive noise. Citation is based on officer's judgment. Cited violators may have testing done at smog referee stations or may be directed by the court to have testing done. Vehicles in violation must be brought into compliance. A fine may also be imposed.

    California Highway Patrol

    Office of Public Affairs


    This pamphlet is intended as a guide only. Contact your nearest CHP office for any questions or interpretations.

    More detailed information is also available in CHP publications CHP 885 (Passenger Car Equipment), CHP 888 (Motorcycle Equipment) and CHP 892 (Special Construction Vehicles).

    They may be obtained from your local CHP office.

    Remember - FTBC (failure to be cool) is not a crime!


    CHP 933 (NEW 6/2003) OPI 013
    Designed by Graphic Services Unit
     
  10. 1Fast92FiveOh

    1Fast92FiveOh New Member

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    CA vehicle law states:

    Increased Penalties for Street Racing, DUI Among New Laws for 2007
    California Department of Motor Vehicles
    Media Relations Office
    2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
    Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller December 20, 2006


    Sacramentoâ€â€During the 2006 legislative year, almost 1400 bills were passed and more than 900 signed into lawâ€â€including 145 changes to the California Vehicle Code. Many of the changes to existing traffic-related laws take effect on Jan. 1, 2007.

    Among the new laws about to go into effect are increased penalties for street racing (speed contests),


    AB 2190 (Benoit)--Increases the penalties for reckless driving or engaging in a speed contest of some kind. Specified injuries to others as a result would subject first-offenders to hefty fines and jail or prison time ranging from 30 days to six months.
     
  11. LI98GT

    LI98GT Well-Known Member

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    Don't know about CA, but here on Long Island there are NO drag racing tracks to legally go racing on. It's very frustrating that the closest track in over several bridges - in NJ. If they are going to make say things like "take it to the track", the state should have make sure that there are tracks that can be locally accessed.
     
  12. GDawg

    GDawg Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to Bandimere on Friday for Club Clash.... :dancing6:
     
  13. NYC94GT

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    Funny, I had something to write but I looked over at your signature and lost my train of thought! :rockyou: :hitit:
     
  14. jareds98gt

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    i don't think the government has any right to take a persons personal property. but they do have the right to fine a person who is breaking the law.
    i honestly think that people who have multiple DUI's should have their cars smashed or taken away. that sounds OK to me, but not for street racing!! :dunno: