Agencies crackdown on illegal street racing

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol, sheriff’s deputies and Escondido police are teaming up and adding extra patrols in the North County to crackdown on illegal street racing.

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said now that summer is in full swing, more officers are catching illegal street racers driving at speeds as high as 100 mph.

Effective immediately, additional patrols will be on the lookout along the Interstate 15 corridor from Escondido to Fallbrook.

“Several cars were essentially taking over Interstate 15 and using that for their own personal race track. That is not OK. We’re not going to allow that to happen,” Bettencourt said. “So many lives are affected when [illegal street racers] crash, and they either kill somebody else, or hurt themselves, or die themselves.”

Law Enforcement Agencies Crackdown On Illegal Street RacingBettencourt also said whether you are behind the wheel during an illegal street race, or simply a spectator, there are consequences.

“The violations can be anything from significant fines to losing your vehicle, to jail time. There’s a lot that can go on when it comes to being involved in street racing,” Bettencourt said.

Folks are urged to call the CHP if they see or hear a street race.

RaceLegal is non profit organization that offers those with a need for speed to race, legally.

“We have over the past 16 years offered San Diegans a place to go and get their needs for speed met,” Lydia Denecochea, Executive Director of RaceLegal, said.

RaceLegal allows drivers to race 1/8 of a mile at Qualcomm Stadium twice a month in a safe environment.

“There’s an ambulance. We have all the equipment and the personnel that would able to tend to you if something went wrong… that’s where you want it to go wrong,” Denecochea said.

For $30, you can race as many times as you want between 6p to midnight on designated RaceLegal nights at Qualcomm Stadium. The next event is scheduled for Friday, July 25. For more information, click here.

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