Ahead of the Holiday School Break, CHP Commissioner Ray, Assemblyman Fong, and Families Remind the Public about the Deadly Consequences of Street Racing and Sideshows
Dangerous driving activities, including street racing, so-called “sideshows,” and street takeovers, continue to cause injuries and fatalities. In 2020, the California Highway Patrol responded to more than 25,000 calls involving illegal street racing activity statewide, an alarming increase of more than 3,500 calls from the year before. The results can be deadly for participants, spectators, and all road users, including other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that even modestly higher speeds at the time of a crash dramatically increase the chances of severe injury and death, as well as cancel out the benefits of vehicle safety features (like airbags).