CHP Negotiating With California Speedway In Fontana Effort To Get Illegal Street Racers Off Roads – Pinon Hills Mac Meeting

CHP Negotiating With California Speedway In Fontana Effort To Get Illegal Street Racers Off Roads – Pinon Hills Mac Meeting

Officer Perez

(Best Syndication) California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Jeffrey Perez spoke at the Pinon Hills Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) on Thursday September 6th. He told those in attendance that the speed limit will continue to be 55 MPH on Highway 138 after it opens on Sept. 11th between Highway 2 and Lone Pine Road.

He told the MAC meeting that there has been a problem with illegal street racing in the Phelan / Pinon Hills area, especially since the closure of the Palmdale Raceway. Perez said that some of the hot-rodders spend as much as $80,000 fixing up their vehicles. The CHP in conjunction with the Sheriff’s department and community leaders is putting together a task force to deal with these problems.

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The taskforce is looking for a kinder-friendlier way to approach the problem. Perez said they are looking into safer “avenues” for the racers to race. “We are right now in negotiations with the speedway here in Fontana. We are trying to see if we can get these kids into these avenues so we can get them off the streets”.

Questions were raised about the feasibility of a legal racetrack in San Bernardino County. “What they are doing in LA County is actually putting together a street club.” The authorities are telling the racers that “we will help you, as long as you take it away from the streets.”

On Friday and Saturday nights the Lowes parking lot on Bear Valley and Armargosa gets filled with cars. The parking lot is a staging area or meeting ground for the racers before they go out into the community. “We are trying to combat the problem, but they are now beginning to move to areas in Phelan and Pinon Hills,” Perez said.

It is hoped that a deal can be worked out with the Fontana Speedway. Perez said that some of the kids were local but “the majority of them come from the Los Angeles and Riverside areas.” Maybe a legal raceway down the hill will help prevent some of the craziness in the high desert.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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