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Bakersfield Police Department to hold public forum on illegal street racing Tuesday night

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 12:37:29-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department has been cracking down on street racing. This month, they've held maximum enforcement periods every weekend resulting in 26 citations.

At Tuesday night's community meeting they will be discussing what efforts the BPD is making moving forward.

Last week, the BPD held a virtual forum on its Facebook page to talk about street racing in the city. Over 200 people commented on the video, many raising concerns for their neighborhood areas.

In November a deadly crash involving illegal street racing happened in Councilmember Chris Parlier's ward. A 57-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a driver reportedly going 133 miles per hour. The BPD wants to make sure this doesn't happen again by reminding the community of the consequences of street racing through their community forums.

Tuesday night's community forum will happen at Independence High School, 8001 Old River Rd, Bakersfield, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will focus on illegal street racing in the southwest. The city and police department do plan to hold other community forums in different areas this year.