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Police issue dozens of citations to alleged street racers


Last updated 7/25/2018 at 4:52pm

RIVERSIDE - A law enforcement task force set up to stop illegal street races in the Riverside metropolitan area is idling prospective racers and their fans, issuing citations by the dozen, authorities said today.

Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback said the task force, which comprises Riverside police personnel, Riverside County sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and California Office of Traffic Safety staff, has deployed over the last two Saturdays looking for "reckless speed exhibitions'' and other unsafe driving activity, resulting in 116 traffic stops, 100 citations and four vehicle tows.

"Many violators are being referred to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair State Referee to have their vehicles inspected for illegal emissions modification,'' Railsback said.

Law enforcement officials have been focusing on so-called "Savage Saturday'' gatherings in populated areas where amateur drag racers engage in illegal speeding contests, according to police.

Officers have ticketed motorists and spectators.

"This law enforcement partnership is delivering the message that street racing and any reckless ... stunt driving will not be tolerated on our streets,'' Railsback said, adding that in recent years "street racing has been a major problem in the Inland Empire.''

He said additional crackdowns are planned, thanks to OTS funding.

Racing-related deaths have occurred over the past decade in Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, Perris and Rancho Mirage. In one case, a street race in west Riverside culminated in a deadly gunfight.


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