East County combats sideshows

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Local authorities have taken different approaches to curbing illegal sideshow activities in recent months. As a result, Brentwood and Oakley police have reported a decrease in incidents.

East County law enforcement agencies are taking a fast and furious approach to cracking down on sideshows.

Sideshows are illegal gatherings in which groups of drivers take over intersections, city streets, stretches of busy freeways or parking lots to do tricks with their cars.

Across the state, COVID-19 has caused a sharp rise in illegal street racing activity as drivers took advantage of roads emptied by stay-at-home orders. In 2020, the California Highway Patrol responded to more than 25,000 calls involving illegal street racing activity statewide, an increase of more than 3,500 calls from the year before, according to District 46 Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel’s office.


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