Southwest Bakersfield

Bakersfield police crack down on street racing

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police took a stand this weekend against street racing.

Officers said they hit street-racing hotspots Saturday night and handed out 62 citations for equipment violations, unsafe vehicles, registration problems, and driver's license violations. Five vehicles were impounded, and 29 vehicles were taken out of service due to illegal modifications, police said Monday.

Officers targeted Gosford Road near Harris Road and the area of Ming Avenue and Wible Road after receiving numerous complaints.

Police said business owners have complained about "street racers" and "car enthusiasts" loitering, littering, disrupting business, driving recklessly and playing loud music.

Several recent crashes, which have caused injuries and claimed lives, have also been tied to street racing, according to police.