By Jason Hoschouer
Let’s all take a moment to express our appreciation for the incredible thespian, Vin Diesel. Not only has he brought us Hollywood gems like xXx and The Chronicles of Riddick, he also inspired countless car enthusiasts — I mean wannabes — to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on their 1980 Chevy Malibu with 22s, all due to the Magnum Opus called the Fast and the Furious film franchise. Thanks a lot, Vin. I can honestly say — for a number of reasons — you shouldn’t have; please stop now!
One of the reasons is the promulgation of street racers and the inherent issues they represent to law enforcement. Another is the sheer volume of douche-baggery this activity seems to attract. But I digress.
Aside from the obvious risks of serious injuries or fatalities to participants and the general public, there tends to be a number of dangerous (criminal) activities associated with street racing and sideshows. The city of Oakland, Calif. (among others) passed a city ordinance a number of years ago, declaring them a public nuisance. Criminal activity related to street racing ranges from property crimes (vandalism, stolen vehicles and parts), to gun violence, robberies and sexual assaults.