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  1. Street Racing Presenter: Ronald W. Glensor

  2. 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

  3. Racing versus Cruising

  4. An American Tradition

  5. A New Generation of Racers

  6. A Global Issue as Well

  7. What Are Some Related Problem? • Auto Theft (Hondas & Acuras top 5 makes) • Insurance Fraud • Illegal vehicle modification • Noise/Crowds/fights • Theft/Fencing auto parts • Gambling • Accidents • Pedestrian injuries & deaths

  8. Why So Popular? • Unsupervised activity and environment • Attracts people too young for bars and other adult only activities • Socializing with friends • Show off car and driving ability • Spectator sport • Speed is addicting!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Tracking Racing Websites • Street Racing web-sites are popular. • Many sites are specific to a city; e.g.,, (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 • and focus their efforts on promoting legal street racing. • (magazine)

  12. Scanning • Number of calls • Nature of complaint • Accidents related to racing/injuries • What attracts racing to the jurisdiction • Reports of retaliation among competing racers

  13. Victims • 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 complaints) • Who are Victims? (demographics, their involvement) • 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.

  14. Offenders • What is known about racers? • If organized, are they criminal, gangs, car enthusiasts • 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?

  15. Location • 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?

  16. 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 problem?

  17. Responding to Street RacingEnforcement of Ordinances • Reckless driving, exhibition of speed, altered muffler, noise, etc… • Freemont, CA. Banned all traffic between 10pm and 6am on 10 most popular roads used for racing. Violators subject to impound. • Reno, Nevada. Spectators within 200 feet of race may be fined $200. • State of Texas enacted harsher penalties for street racing.

  18. Responding to Street RacingImpound 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.

  19. Responding to Street RacingPartnership 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

  20. Responding to Street RacingClose/Alter Streets • Speed bumps, barricades and k-railing. • Use of freeway message signs to warn racers.

  21. Responding to Street RacingLegal Alternatives • Several national programs to promote legal street racing include, Beat the Heat, Racers Against Street Racing, National Hot Rod Association. • Encourage safe and legal racing on a designated track • Most jurisdictions require valid license and safety check before racing

  22. Responses with Limited Effectiveness • Installing speed bumps • Citing and Releasing Racers • Using Decoy Police Vehicles

  23. How Do You Measure Effectiveness? • Reduced numbers of racers • Reduced number of racing incidents • Reduced number of racing related incidents • Reduced number of public complaints • Increased public satisfaction

  24. Questions?