On Thursday, August 13, 2020, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., the Oxnard Police Department and California Highway Patrol deployed specially trained personnel in response to recent complaints and traffic collisions related to illegal street racing, reckless driving, and unsafe vehicles operating on our roadways. The police department has received complaints from community members of large numbers of modified vehicles gathering and disturbing at different locations around the city.
During the traffic enforcement operation, officers arrested two drivers for participating in a street race, six people were arrested for aiding or engaging in exhibition of speed, and two drivers were arrested for reckless driving. In addition, nine vehicles were towed during the operation.
Over the past several years, there has been an increased presence of these types of unsanctioned events in Oxnard and throughout the county. Street racing, drag racing, drifting, and other forms of unpermitted driving create a very dangerous environment for everyone on our roadways. The Oxnard Police Department will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to this dangerous and illegal behavior. Those doing these acts will be subject to citations, vehicles being towed, and possibly arrested.
Violators driving modified vehicles will be referred to a State Referee, who will perform equipment inspections. State Referees will not sign off citations until a vehicle is in full compliance with the law. It is the mission of the Oxnard Police Department to promote traffic safety and to reduce the number of collisions in our community. The police department will continue these types of enforcement operations in an effort to make our roadways safer.