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Crackdown on street racing in San Bernardino nets 32 citations, 3 towed vehicles

By in Press Enterprise on November 26, 2017

By Jim Steinberg

SAN BERNARDINO>>San Bernardino police cracked down on a gathering of dozens of vehicles engaged in racing, speed demonstrations, and other illegal activities on the city’s Westside late Friday night, police said.

The practice has been an issue in the city’s downtown area for about six months, said Sgt. Todd Zeigler on Saturday.

“And it’s been getting progressively worse,” Lt. Vicki Cervantes, said in an interview Saturday.

In the wake of Friday’s crackdown, 32 drivers left with citations, three vehicles were towed and nine drivers were referred to a state referee — a reference to the Department of Motor Vehicle process whereby a vehicle owner must discuss whether his or her vehicle’s required emission devices have been tampered with, Cervantes and Zeigler said.

The referee has the option of requiring the owner to restore the vehicle’s emission devices to their original operating condition, something that can be very costly, Zeigler said.

“Street racing will not be tolerated in our town,” Cervantes said in a tweet posted Saturday morning.

Friday night’s enforcement effort near and on the parking lot of the Home Depot, 1055 W. 21 St., was the second major crackdown, she said.

A previous crackdown near Waterman Avenue and Base Line resulted in about 40 citations, Cervantes said.

Other nearby communities are having similar issues, as the racing clubs move from site to site weekly, often without notice, she said.

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