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BPD targeting to stop street racing, handed out ten citations on Friday

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 02:20:48-05

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — The Bakersfield Police department is continuing to crack down on the illegal street racing that has claimed the lives of several in Kern County.

BPD on Friday conducted several street racing operations and handed out nearly a dozen citations throughout the city to crack down on illegal street racing to continue to keep drivers safe.

BPD says on Friday they cited 11 drivers, that included reckless driving and one vehicle impounded.

According to the department, the operation took place between 8 p.m. to-2 a.m. throughout the city.

This comes on the heels of the Bakersfield City Council directing BPD host a forum, to discuss potential solutions to combat illegal street racing.

In December, 23ABC spoke Nathan McCauley of the Bakersfield Police department on the ongoing issue.

"This is something we have been dealing with for a decade-plus from shopping center to shopping center," said McCauley.

During the operation, a total of 14 drivers were pulled over.

According to BPD, in 2019 there were over 55 reckless driving arrests made.

A standard reckless driving conviction, in the state of California, can add two points to a motorist's record.

Also, they can face up to 90 days in jail.

"They are doing something that is completely negligent and it is a bad decision where someone is actually near a tragedy," McCauley said. "You can have someone get killed over this."

The department adds that they will be conducting similar street racing operations over the next several weeks.