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#1 2005-08-06 00:40:10

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Found Article: California Crackdown on Modified Cars

Thought you guys would get a kick out of this, text taken from the following link:

http://thenewspaper.com/news/05/576.asp

California Crackdown on Modified Cars
$5 million in federal money will fund a Sacramento, California effort to stop drivers in modified cars.

Unmodified Subaru looks modifiedPolice in Sacramento, California announced Wednesday that they would use $5 million in federal money to begin cracking down on auto enthusiasts who modify their vehicles. The money will be used to form an undercover "Drag-Net" unit to stop motorists who appear to be driving modified cars.

The concept, which originated in San Diego in 2001, has been spreading throughout the state and generated significant revenue for the California Highway Patrol and local departments. In Santa Fe Springs, for example, twelve officers on Drag-Net duty issued 300 citations and impounded 50 vehicles in just one weekend. Several cities have drag-racing ordinances that allow police to auction off seized cars and keep the profits.

Under Drag-Net, San Diego officers come to train other departments how to look out for what they believe to be tell-tale signs of illegal modification such as window tinting, large spoilers, extra gauges or racing stickers. Police say this gives them probable cause to stop and inspect a vehicle and its engine compartment.

In practice, "excessive exaust noise" tickets are the most common violation. California law does not require police to measure sound levels objectively. Instead, according to the California Highway Patrol, the "citation is based on officer's judgment."

Drivers of stock vehicles that come from the factory with some of the characteristics of modified cars have experienced harassment under this provision. One such motorist complained on an enthusiast website that the Calfiornia Highway Patrol was using these programs to make "driving while Asian" a crime, pointing out that the department's own website has several pages dedicated to Asian involvement in street racing and "vehicle modification."

Those receiving a vehicle modification "fix-it" ticket must visit a California Bureau of Automobile Repair office and pay a $35 fee to have their car inspected. If the car fails, a judge can impose another fine of up to $2000 for failing to meet California emissions requirements.

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    "We're looking to make a heavy impact on speeding and street racing in this area," Sacramento Police Deputy Chief Steve Segura said during a press conference with local and state officials on Del Paso Road in North Natomas.


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#2 2005-08-06 00:55:46

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Re: Found Article: California Crackdown on Modified Cars

yeah i saw this, not cool, not cool at all. I wonder how this is going to hold up in court, the nasioc.com guys are super pissed, especially the sti ones. Seems like a few sti owners have all ready been pulled over for "probable cause" and "officer judgement" because of the big oem wing. Super lame, I hope this all gets resolved before I move back down to Santa Barbara in January!


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#3 2005-08-06 11:20:37

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Re: Found Article: California Crackdown on Modified Cars

DWA = Driving while asian hehe


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#4 2005-08-07 13:36:28

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Re: Found Article: California Crackdown on Modified Cars

That kind of suff has been going on for quite some time here.

With the budget shortfall that most city & county governments are facing this is an easy way to generate more revenue without causing public uproar, after all any political whop opposes it will be branded "soft on crime" or "against public safety" or "friend to polluters" come the next election.

Of course they are also stepping up selective enforcement of nearly universally ingored speed limit laws, with more speed traps than ever before.


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#5 2005-08-07 13:47:33

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Re: Found Article: California Crackdown on Modified Cars

They've been doing the "fix-it" ticket in Fairfax County VA for quite awhile now.  I lived there for 5 years or so. 

My buddy end up selling his Turbo GSR after get hasseled every couple weeks.  It didn't look ricey whatsoever but was lowered and fairly loud (no louder than my Mustang was though but it was a more "annoying" loud).  He had an officer take several measurements of his car including the distance from the top of the engine bay to the ground, etc.  I'm all for making sure cars are safe because some people are stupid (ok a lot of people are stupid) and make modifications without knowing what it will do to their car.  But they're using it as a license to do whatever they want.

I'm happy to have moved to Maryland.  big_smile


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