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Fast and Furious street takeovers

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by rivergator, Sep 4, 2022.

  1. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    The story starts off talking about Los Angeles with people taking over streets and parking lots, spinning their cars around leaving the pavement a mess. Then it describes other cities where it's happening.
    Jacksonville had a problem with it for a few weeks, but it seems to have died down here.


    https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/03/us/los-angeles-street-racing-elam/index.html

    'This is an issue:' Police investigating street takeovers in Jacksonville


    https://www.firstcoastnews.com/arti...ville/77-6865b7a1-fb1a-408c-a925-f15aa1e87160
     
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  2. RealGatorFan

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    It's a problem everywhere. Birmingham has been a hotbed of street racing until they decided enough is enough so they are adding speed bumps to all streets in the downtown area. Very very inconvenient but it's necessary because there have been fatalities with these drivers thinking they are actually any good. Blame Hollywood for making people think they can jump the shark in a tank and not destroy everything around them. Doing 180 on Richard Arrington is insane.
     
  3. Spurffelbow833

    Spurffelbow833 GC Hall of Fame

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    I'm sure they're just a harmless bunch of rowdy urchins with big dreams as glamorized by Hollywood.
     
  4. orangeblue_coop

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    Yeah, let's blame Hollywood instead of holding the idiots who choose to wreak havoc on streets in their souped up cars accountable for their own reckless actions.
     
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  5. carpeveritas

    carpeveritas Moderator VIP Member

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    Hollywood may glamorize street racing but I don't think Hollywood is the major influence. Through out the week there are many streaming shows such as Fastest Cars in the Dirty South, Street Outlaws and any number of custom build car shows such as All Girls Garage, Bitchin' Rides that offer fanfare for car enthusiasts.

    16 with a license to drive now that's a different story. Can't count the number of tickets I got as a kid.
     
  6. 96Gatorcise

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    Start impounding cars with high fees (value of the vehicle) to get them back.
     
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  7. BLING

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    That and locking their asses up for wreckless driving and illegal racing, these aren’t traffic violations, it’s a crime with organized intent.
     
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  8. 96Gatorcise

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    If water happened to get into the engine while it was in impound.......oops
     
  9. 96Gatorcise

    96Gatorcise GC Hall of Fame

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    There are a few clubs in Tampa with these types of cars that cruise the main arteries at midnight to the early morning in packs of 10 or more. you can hear their exhaust from a mile away or more.
     
  10. carpeveritas

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    I like the idea of speed bumps on inner city streets where feasible.
     
  11. Trickster

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    On rare occasions you have to meet extreme with extreme. This is one of them, I think. Put out a heavy police presence and start impounding, and voila, problem solved. My only question is whether it’s legal to have such high fees.
     
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  12. Spurffelbow833

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    People are lemmings. Stupid people are dangerous lemmings. As a right-leaning individual, of course I believe you hold people accountable for their own actions.
     
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  13. Gator515151

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    A few years back there were a gang of these kids hanging out with the kid across the street every weekend. You would hear them burning rubber and playing their loud music. Then I noticed a couple of times the gas gauge in my truck went from full to empty over night and I figured one of these fine young gentlemen was siphoning gas. I put a stop to it real fast. I waited until they were all out there then I strapped on my Navy Colt with the quick draw western holster, walked out to my truck, took off the gas cap and looked in. I nodded my head and waved at them before walking back inside. I did that a couple of nights in a row, never lost gas again.
     
  14. PITBOSS

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    The article mentioned increased penalties including impounding cars for 30 days. But cops stated they can’t arrest their way out of the problem, it’s too widespread. But to your point, where are the cops? Do these events pop up suddenly and a few cops can’t stop it? I liked the one community’s simple solution of installing speedbumps. But they need to definitively address the problem. It could escalate, now there are cases of the mobs looting local stores.
     
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  15. StrangeGator

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    They’ve been doing that the last few weekends here in Chicago. They’ve nabbed a couple dozen so far.
     
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  16. 96Gatorcise

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    The problem with speed bumps is it slows down emergency response time.
     
  17. rivergator

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    They’ve done it on major streets in Jacksonville. Not the place for speed bumps.
    Taking over an intersection with a dozen or more cars doing donuts and spin outs. Scaring the hell out of everyone else on the road
     
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  18. gator_lawyer

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    A libertarian who wants the government to steal people's property? Then again, I guess you've admitted you aren't a libertarian anymore.
     
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  19. gator_lawyer

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    In case my previous post wasn't clear, I think what y'all are proposing is appalling. I don't care what problem you're trying to solve. Stealing people's property, particularly their means of transportation, without proving them guilty of a crime is abhorrent. Civil asset forfeiture shouldn't be constitutional. What you're proposing is even worse than that.
     
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  20. G8trGr8t

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    Not stealing if it is being taken as punitive measures for criminal behaivor