City News and Updates

City and Sheriff's Crackdown on Street Racers

PLANNED ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE IS A DIRECT RESULT OF RECENT DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES PERPETRATED BY LOCAL STREET RACERS THREATENING LOCAL RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES 
 
The City of Pico Rivera and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are taking strident steps to enforce a crackdown on street racing activities within the city limits. The planned response and enhanced enforcement is a direct result of recent illegal activities perpetrated by area street racers and which are endangering the lives of local residents and families and are a direct threat to public safety.
 
“The City of Pico Rivera has a duty and obligation first and foremost to protect our residents from the illicit activities perpetrated by local street racers,” said Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho.  “The recent reckless actions exhibited by these street racers is a direct threat to the public’s safety and will not be tolerated by this city.  
 
We have asked the Sheriff’s Department to use whatever means necessary within the law to eliminate these actions and to work with the District Attorney to fully prosecute these young hooligans.  No family should be subjected to the reckless and dangerous activities perpetrated by these individuals. This city will not serve as a haven for these kinds of activities.”
 
Not only is street racing illegal to participate in, but spectating is also illegal.  Spectators can receive a citation for watching a street race.  Deputies assigned to the Pico Rivera Station will continue to monitor illegal street racing and take appropriate action when they come into Pico Rivera according the Captain Patrick Valdez. 
 
“Street racing is a dangerous and illegal activity.  It is not only hazardous to the individuals racing and its spectators, but more importantly it is extremely dangerous for motorists and pedestrians on the roadway and can often times turn deadly,” said Captain Patrick Valdez, Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station. “Street racing, of any kind of motorized vehicle, on a public road is illegal and will not be tolerated in the City of Pico Rivera.  Illegal racing encompasses any racing activity not properly sanctioned or allowed by law and any person who violates the law will be arrested, their driver’s license suspended, and their vehicle impounded for 30 days.:
 
According to Capitan Valdez, the City and Sheriff’s Department will work with surrounding law enforcement agencies to enforce all vehicle laws pertaining to street racing.