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More than 20 citations issued in Salinas street racing operation

Salinas Police

SALINAS, Calif. (KION) The Salinas Police Department said it has received complaints from businesses and residents about reckless drivers in parking lots and on roads related to side shows.

Police said the side shows usually block roadways and involve dangerous maneuvers. During the side shows, police said community members report loud vehicles, people yelling, vandalism, littering and damage to parking lots. They can sometimes attract hundreds of viewers and vehicles.

Over the weekend, police said they were able to get a gathering involving nearly 100 vehicles under control with the help of the California Highway Patrol.

Police said they conducted multiple traffic stops, issued 22 citations and made one arrest.

The department said officers will continue to conduct enforcement.

Crime / Monterey County / Salinas / Top Stories

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.



  1. Such an easy solution, but will never happen for so many obvious reasons.
    Give the racers a place to race. Pretend we are a county that cares not just for homeless and underserved, but regular residents who are bored and restricted and confined even in normal times.
    Build a 1/4 mile track. Charge money to use it, AND pass local ordinances that require confiscation of car on first offense of street racing.

    1. @Jalbert,

      I did a search and I guess Laguna Seca is it and of course that is not a cheap option at all. So sure….put a local short track in and have Friday night locals matches and bring back some of the old favorites and local racing clubs. I am just not convinced that the demographics really support that kind of organized cooperation. I bet if you go back far enough, there had to at least one track for local kids to race their stock cars, and local crash derbies…figure 8’s. But I wonder if you can really ever stop what has been effectively going on since the dawn of time….locals racing each other wherever they can. Horses, wagons, cars, trucks…tractors, drag races. It’s what we do.

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