LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The California Highway Patrol today announced the kick off of a campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of street racing, highway takeovers and sideshows through enforcement and events.
“Speed is the No. 1 cause of traffic crashes in California, and combined with aggressive driving, contributes a significant portion of serious crashes,'' CHP Sgt. Rob Ruiz said in a press release.
During the 2017-2018 federal fiscal year, there were more than 25,828speed-related crashes resulting in 113 deaths and more than 30,000 injuries, the CHP said.
The agency received a one-year federal traffic safety grant titled “Communities Against Racing and Sideshows'' (CARS) to carry out the education and enforcement campaign in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Besides stepped up enforcement, the CHP will conduct focused enforcement and outreach events for motorists, including teens.
Sideshows are impromptu demonstrations of automotive stunts held in vacant lots and public intersections, according to Wikipedia.