Car "Sideshows" have been popping up more frequenctly in Stockton lately.
The city's police department is cracking down on the unsafe gatherings.
A "Sideshow," according to Wikipedia, "is an informal demonstration of automotive stunts often held in vacant lots, and public intersections." On Saturday, March 18, the Stockton Police Department broke-up another "Sideshow," this one taking place along the 10300 block of Trinity Parkway.
According to a Facebook post by the department, 200 people were estimated to have attended the event before it was broken up by the Stockton Police Department. With the assistance of California Highway Patrol air unit, they shut down event right as it started.
"These drivers of these vehicles are definitely not professionals and sometimes they loose control and end up in the crowd," Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said.
Because of the crackdown, the Stockton Police Department towed four vehicles and handed out 15 warnings and 49 citations. The department has a special team dedicated to addressing and preventing "Sideshows" from taking place in the city. These officers are trained in identifying modified vehicles, conducting modified vehicle inspections, and writing vehicle seizure warrants for vehicles involved in sideshow activity.
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