Crime & Safety

Grant helps CHP Focus on Street Racing and Sideshows

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Southern and Valley Divisions are working to reduce the number of victims killed and injured in traffic crashes as a result of illegal street racing and sideshows with the support of the Communities Against Racing and Sideshows (CARS) grant.

The CHP Valley Division continues to experience an increase in illegal street racing, sideshows, and drifting activities, often with fatal results. This continued dangerous behavior has proven the need for additional personnel and resources to properly address this illegal and highly dangerous activity.

With the CARS grant, CHP Valley Division officers will be able to focus enforcement on these unsafe driving behaviors and educate the public about the oftentimes deadly outcomes they bring.

“Ultimately we want to keep our roadways safe for everyone. Those who choose to engage in these irresponsible and selfish acts need to know they put everyone’s life at risk, not just their own, and we cannot allow that.”

CHP Valley Division Chief Mike Dust

Grant activities will include focused task force operations, undercover procedures, “in-view” proactive patrol operations, local high school presentations, and a public awareness campaign including community events and presentations.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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