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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-06-2005, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

I found this on another forum I visit, It brought up some heavy discussion.



8/4/2005
California Crackdown on Modified Cars
$5 million in federal money will fund a Sacramento, California effort to stop drivers in modified cars.

Unmodified Subaru looks modifiedPolice in Sacramento, California announced Wednesday that they would use $5 million in federal money to begin cracking down on auto enthusiasts who modify their vehicles. The money will be used to form an undercover "Drag-Net" unit to stop motorists who appear to be driving modified cars.

The concept, which originated in San Diego in 2001, has been spreading throughout the state and generated significant revenue for the California Highway Patrol and local departments. In Santa Fe Springs, for example, twelve officers on Drag-Net duty issued 300 citations and impounded 50 vehicles in just one weekend. Several cities have drag-racing ordinances that allow police to auction off seized cars and keep the profits.

Under Drag-Net, San Diego officers come to train other departments how to look out for what they believe to be tell-tale signs of illegal modification such as window tinting, large spoilers, extra gauges or racing stickers. Police say this gives them probable cause to stop and inspect a vehicle and its engine compartment.

In practice, "excessive exaust noise" tickets are the most common violation. California law does not require police to measure sound levels objectively. Instead, according to the California Highway Patrol, the "citation is based on officer's judgment."

Drivers of stock vehicles that come from the factory with some of the characteristics of modified cars have experienced harassment under this provision. One such motorist complained on an enthusiast website that the Calfiornia Highway Patrol was using these programs to make "driving while Asian" a crime, pointing out that the department's own website has several pages dedicated to Asian involvement in street racing and "vehicle modification."

Those receiving a vehicle modification "fix-it" ticket must visit a California Bureau of Automobile Repair office and pay a $35 fee to have their car inspected. If the car fails, a judge can impose another fine of up to $2000 for failing to meet California emissions requirements.

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"We're looking to make a heavy impact on speeding and street racing in this area," Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Steve Segura said during a press conference with local and state officials on Del Paso Road in North Natomas.

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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

is that for real?

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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

They check peoples' engine bay because of window tints!? Come on......


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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

Oh, I think its true. I saw a show one time about street racing and modded cars in San Diego and they do some crazy shit. They will pull you over and measure your ride height. They will measure it with a tape measure and if its not legal they will impound the car and take you to jail.


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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

I know in Oakland they have those "sideshows" or whatever and people get hurt all the time. Plus it would be nice to get those fartcan exhaust pussies off the road.

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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

this is true.....i just saw the report on TV about it last night.....


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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

ah shit, they have eliminated most all car gatherings here and now they are going to crack down even more. ive had my engine checked once in the past because of the other cars in the pack, good thing it was stock. i guess when i get my intake i will have to remove my window tint


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I wonder if they will bug me with my tint. It's within legal specs for the state (5%, not on the front or driver/passenger front windows).
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Re: Sacramento CA area Drivers, watch out.............

So I guess cops would rather have kids spend their money on drugs or other things instead of something like a healthy hobby (ie, modifying their cars). Funny 'cause I'm pretty sure that some of these cops had a car that they did some sort of modification while growing up.
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