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BPD, CHP issue 66 citations and impound 28 vehicles for reckless driving

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BPD, CHP issue 66 citations and impound 28 vehicles for reckless driving
BPD, CHP issue 66 citations and impound 28 vehicles for reckless driving

WEEKEND IN RECENTMONTHS.THEIR ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ONRECKLESSDRIVING AND ILLEGAL STREETRACING COMES AT A HEFTY COSTTHEY SAY PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATEIN THESE ACTIVITESSHOULD KNOW ABOUT.SOT: SGT.

KENNETH SPORERTRAFFIC, BAKERSFIELD POLICEDEPARTMENT"ONCE YOUR CAR IS TOWED AND IT'SA 30 DAY TOW, OBVIOUSLY YOUGOT TO WAIT 30 DAYS TO GET ITBACK, AT THE END OF THE 30 DAYS,THE TOW FEE AT THE TOW TRUCKPLACE IS JUST ABOVE $1200DOLLARS.IT'S A HIGH PRICE TAG FOR A LOW-CONSIDERATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY... 28 PEOPLE WHOSE VEHICLESWERE IMPOUNDED WILL HAVE TO PAYTHAT FEE FOR PARTICIPATING INRECKLESS DRIVINGACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY ANDSATURDAY NIGHT.THAT'S WHEN THE BAKERSFIELDPOLICE DEPARTMENT ANDCALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL TEAMEDUP TO TARGET ILLEGALSTREET RACING... BESIDES THEIMPOUNDS... SIX PEOPLE WEREARRESTED AND 66 CITATIONS WEREISSUED FOR RECKLESSDRIVING.

THOSE ALSO COME WITHEXPENSIVE COSTS OF THEIR OWN.SGT.

SPORER SOT:"THERE'S A POLICE DEPARTMENTFEE, IT'S AROUND 100 TO 125DOLLARS,AND THEN YOU STILL HAVE THECRIMINAL FEES AND CRIMINALASPECT YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OFIN COURT.

IT DEPENDS WHATTHE CITATION IS FOR, BUT JUSTFOR STRAIGHT RECKLESSDRIVING LETS SAY, THAT'SANYWHERE FROM 150 BUCKS UP TO1,000DOLLARS FOR YOUR FIRST OFFENSE."AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADYBEEN CITED... THEFEES...SGT.

SPORER"THEY INCREASE SUBSTANTIONALLYFOR SURE, THEY EASILY GET INTOTHE THOUSANDS."IT'S A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICYTHAT BPD WANTS TO MAKECLEAR FOR THE REGULAR GROUPSTHAT CONDUCT THESE ACTIVITIESEVERY WEEKEND.NO EXECUSES... NO WARNINGS... NOSLAP ON THE WRITST.SPORER "ZERO TOLERANCE ISEVERYBODY IS GOING TO GET ATICKET ONCE YOUR PULLED OVER ...SO WHATEVERVEHICLE SECTION I STOP YOU FOR,YOU ARE GOING TO GET A TICKETFOR THAT.

SO IT MAY JUST BETINTED WINDOWS, BUT THAT COULDLEAD INTO OTHER THINGS.

SO I MAYEND UP INSPECTING YOURVEHICLE AND GIVE YOU ANEMISSIONS TICKET EVEN THOUGH IONLYSTOPPED YOU FOR TINTED WINDOWS."SGT.

SPORER ALSO SAYS THATPEOPLE WHO BLOCK OFFINTERSECTIONS OR TRY TO BLOCKPOLICE FROM GETTING TO ASUSPECT CAN ALSO BE HELDCRIMINALLY LIABLE.

HE SAYSTHAT IS A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE,AND IF OFFICERS FEELLIKE THEY HAVE TO, THEY CANARREST THOSE INDIVIDUALS ASWELL.THE BAKERSFIELD POLICEDEPARTMENT SAYS THEIRRECKLESS DRIVING OPERATIONS AREGOING TOCONTINUE EVERY WEEK.IN DOWNTOWN, BAYAN WANG 23ABC.THE PERMANENT SURGE TESTING SITEIN KERN COUNTY MAY BEGONE - BUT IN THE BOARD OFSUPERVISORS MEETING EARLIERTODAY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH- MATT CONSTANTINE -SHARED TESTING IS STILLHAPPENING - AND HEALTH OFFICIALSARE STILL URGING PEOPLE TO GETTESTED.YOU ARE GOING TO GET A TICKETFOR THAT.

SO IT MAY JUST BETINTED WINDOWS, BUT THAT COULDLEAD INTO OTHER THINGS.

SO I MAYEND UP INSPECTING YOUR VEHICLEAND GIVE YOU AN EMISSIONSTICKET EVEN THOUGH I ONLYSTOPPED YOU FOR TINTEDWINDOWS."SGT.

SPORER ALSO SAYS THATPEOPLE WHO BLOCK OFFINTERSECTIONS OR TRY TO BLOCKPOLICE FROM GETTING TO ASUSPECT CAN ALSO BE HELDCRIMINALLY LIABLE.

HE SAYSTHAT IS A MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE,AND IF OFFICERS FEELLIKE THEY HAVE TO, THEY CANARREST THOSE INDIVIDUALS ASWELL.THE BAKERSFIELD POLICEDEPARTMENT SAYS THEIRRECKLESS DRIVING OPERATIONS AREGOING TO CONTINUE EVERY WEEK.THE PERMANENT SURGE TESTING SITEIN KERN COUNTY MAY BE




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