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Street Racers Say Deaths Will Continue Unless…

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On Studio 11 LA, Gina Silva covered the latest death from illegal street racing. Yes, that’s redundant—all street racing is illegal but, in this case, the scofflaw attitude of those who do it can’t be emphasized enough. Monday night on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach one person died and a driver is in critical condition because of a street racing crash. Last Thursday in Commerce, a 19 year old was killed when a car, going 90 mph, crashed into a tree; the finish line of a street race.

In a live interview with Donald Galas of the “Brotherhood of Street Racers”, Gina Silva asked, simply, “Why not stop?” Galas replied, “You know what? Street racing is something that is going to continue to happen…”

That’s it. Galas implied they either won’t or can’t stop breaking the law, putting others’ lives and their own lives in danger. And, The Brotherhood of Street Racers?

Galas and his impassioned throttle bodies want the city of Los Angeles to re-open the Terminal Island Raceway—give them a legal place to compete. He says the last time that was done, in the 1990’s, street racing dropped 70%. I’m not sure how that was measured but I’ll accept that for argument sake. I have no problem with a venue for amateur racing (although I’m sure the City Attorney can think of a few dozen issues). The problem I have is hearing street racers saying they will continue to race on public streets until an alternative is given to them.

That is little more than a veiled threat. “We will continue to threaten the lives of innocent people… because, well, we just will,“ he seems to be saying. I’ll quote him but it won’t serve his position well:

“We don’t want anybody else here dying anymore. We don’t want this to continuing to happen but, like other organizations that have been facilitated, different stuff like that, we need to be facilitated also.”

No, you need to restrain yourselves while you work toward finding a facility where you can only put your own lives on the line. I have covered many street racing deaths over the past thirty years—innocent mothers and children who never saw the speeding cars coming. Would society stand for an organization called The Brotherhood of Drunk Drivers? These are not drivers who should be negotiated with. As long as they get behind the wheel to race in neighborhoods and city streets, they are a danger to society.

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