Tip thwarts street race

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Hai­ley Bran­son-Potts hai­ley.bran­son @la­times.com Twit­ter: @hai­ley­bran­son

A planned Santa Clarita street race was foiled by Los An­ge­les County sher­iff’s deputies af­ter an anony­mous tipster spot­ted the de­tails on Instagram, au­thor­i­ties said.

The tipster saw an in­vi­ta­tion for a street race to be held near the 18500 block of Via Princessa in Canyon Coun­try, near the 14 Free­way, ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

The per­son con­tacted sher­iff ’s deputies at 5:30 p.m. Mon­day, telling them about the race set to begin at 11 p.m. that night. Deputies pa­trolled the area and saw sev­eral ve­hi­cles that ar­rived but im­me­di­ately left af­ter their driv­ers ap­par­ently saw pa­trol cars, ac­cord­ing to the Santa Clarita Val­ley sher­iff ’s sta­tion.

A pos­si­ble sec­ond race lo­ca­tion had been iden­ti­fied as the 33400 block of Crown Val­ley Road in Ac­ton, but the L.A. Po­lice Depart­ment, Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol and the Lan­caster and Palm­dale sher­iff’s sta­tions had been no­ti­fied ahead of time and no race oc­curred.

Ear­lier this month, dozens of law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers met to dis­cuss what po­lice are call­ing a grow­ing epi­demic of il­le­gal street rac­ing.

The LAPD, CHP and Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment agreed to cre­ate a mul­ti­a­gency task force in the sum­mer to com­bat street rac­ing. They talked about pos­si­ble leg­isla­tive ef­forts to fight il­le­gal rac­ing, as well as find­ing al­ter­na­tives for the street-rac­ing com­mu­nity.

“I think we all know that we share a prob­lem with street rac­ing that en­com­passes mul­ti­ple ju­ris­dic­tions,” said Capt. John McMa­hon of the LAPD’s Val­ley Traf­fic Di­vi­sion. “Although the prob­lem has been around for decades, ad­dress­ing it col­lec­tively from a mul­ti­a­gency stand­point is some­thing that we need to im­prove upon.”

The meet­ing came on the heels of re­cent street-rac­ing crashes, in­clud­ing one in Chatsworth in Fe­bru­ary that killed two spec­ta­tors and one in Gar­dena on March 31 that left one dead and two hurt.

Anony­mous tips on street races may be given by phone at (800) 222-8477 or on­line at lacrimestop­pers.org.

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