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

Police 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.
Source: Area law enforcers to receive training to combat street racing (Sacramento Bee, 8/4/2005)
 

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What about the bigass trucks running 40+ inch tires, with their exhaust, and desiel performance packages. My buddy can chirp his 44 inch super swampers into second with an automatic and only 4.35 gearing.
The government should not focus their hunt on lowered "street racing" type vehicles. Modification is modification.
 

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California has these rules becuase it is ran by liberal democrats, and activist judges. Fuck them, and fuck california.
 

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phxSS said:
California has these rules becuase it is ran by liberal democrats, and activist judges. Fuck them, and fuck california.
Who, Nancy Pelosi? Nuh-uh! :eek:
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...anyone ever see her blink, I swear she never does...

Wouldn't this be some form of discrimination? Now where's the ACLU when important rights are threatened? Oh yeah, they're busy defending the rights of children to view internet porn and making sure the Boy Scouts are not allowed to meet in homes on military bases because they make a single reference to God in their official oath... :rolleyes:
 

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mken said:
Who, Nancy Pelosi? Nuh-uh! :eek:
(sarcasm)

...anyone ever see her blink, I swear she never does...

Wouldn't this be some form of discrimination? Now where's the ACLU when important rights are threatened? Oh yeah, they're busy defending the rights of children to view internet porn and making sure the Boy Scouts are not allowed to meet in homes on military bases because they make a single reference to God in their official oath... :rolleyes:

Wow my thoughts exactly! :D
 

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California Crackdown on Modified Cars
$5 million in federal money will fund a Sacramento, California effort to stop drivers in modified cars.
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Thats the part that pisses me off... I gotta pay taxes so those dicks in cali can waste on stupid shit like that... what gets me even more is that the money they make off the tickets goes to CALIFORNIA ! I mean... I think SoCal is sweet and would probably move there if I could afford it.. BUT why should I have to help fund stuff like that in their state ? :confused:
 

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Arnt we already in debt. Why are they going to waist money and time on this shit. It is just going to cause more problems. But i guess 5 million dollars is nothing huh lol.
 

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I was raced some riced out Honda and blew his doors off just to about 60 or so. A cop pulled out behind both of us and pulled him over letting me go. My RL is stock with the small wing and no tint. There is something to be said for the stealth look.
 
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