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Law Enforcement seeing an uptick in street racing

The city working with them to combat this issue
Posted at 7:04 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 22:04:24-04

It is about that time where law enforcement starts to see an uptick in street racing. And around 8 months ago, Chris Parlier, with the Bakersfield City Council started working with the local police department to combat this issue head on.

The police department, along with city staff, started holding virtual forums for the public. Parlier telling us he’s received very positive feedback. Adding that, the Kern County Raceway came up with the idea of potentially moving that illegal activity from the streets to the racetrack. They believe this would allow street racers to move to a more controlled environment where they would not put the public at risk. Unfortunately, this came to a screeching halt due to this pandemic.

He adds that he just talked to the police chief today and they are hoping to move forward on this as soon as possible. He says,” it’s important to me, and I know it’s important to the city, and the whole council to everybody. We want to make sure everyone’s safe and were employing the right tools to be able to tackle this problem.”