LA County Law Enforcement Agencies offer a safer alternative to street takeovers and racing

As law enforcement continues to crack down on Southern California street takeovers that have at times been deadly, officials are offering drivers an alternative.

To curb the growing number of street takeovers and street races, officials on Thursday released a public service announcement urging people to participate in the safe alternative instead.

Irwindale Speedway, along with other Los Angeles County tracks, is now open to people who can demonstrate their skills in a controlled and safe environment.

“You’re welcome to come here and burn tired to your heart’s content,” said Tim Huddleston of the Speedway. “We will cheer you on, we will celebrate you and we will protect you and we will make you a hero.”

Street takeovers in LA County are on the rise and becoming more dangerous, authorities say

Law enforcement officials have expressed their desire for even tougher penalties for street takeovers.

They have called on the Los Angeles City Council and the borough board of directors to enact tougher laws and penalties for those who not only attend but organize them.

“Why can’t the city council, why can’t the board of directors implement an ordinance, why can’t we pass legislation in Sacramento that says if you organize a street takeover through social media, you could be held accountable once we have the evidence,” said LA County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Hatami.

Cars have been impounded and subpoenas written, but takeovers can sometimes be deadly.

The LAPD is seeking legislation that would allow for tougher penalties for street racing

Lori Argumedo, a member of the Street Racing Kills group, lost her niece in a street racing accident.

“I want to educate those who are making these bad decisions, so they know that one bad decision can change their entire life forever,” she said.

It will cost you $20 to show your skills at Irwindale Speedway. If you’re caught in a street takeover or race, the cost of having your car impounded and subpoenaed can cost you up to $3,000, according to LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

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