Santa Maria police take aim at drag racers
May 26, 2015
Santa Maria police conducted a sting on street racers Friday night, shortly after officers obtained video of a daytime drag race on a city street. [KEYT]
Police received dash cam footage of two cars drag racing on Tama Lane earlier this month. In the video, two vehicles lined up, a woman signaled for them to go and they sped off.
The footage also shows dark tire marks from vehicles doing “donuts.” The date on the dash cam video is May 17, and the time that appears in the footage is approximately 11:18 a.m.
On Friday night, Santa Maria police teamed up with the California Highway Patrol and cited 25 drivers for a variety of driving offenses. Officers cited several drivers for “exhibitionism” and other activities related to drag racing.
They impounded seven vehicles. Potential punishments for street racing offences include a citation, a $2,000 impound fee and two marks on one’s driving record.
Officers also cited two people for driving with a suspended license.
The police department is planning more operations like Friday’s. They are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the California Office of Traffic Safety.