The streets and sidewalks of Santa Clara were a top priority during a City Council meeting Tuesday.
City lawmakers unanimously approved a plan to tackle illegal street racing, side shows and tire-burning doughnuts around the city.
City Manager Deanna Santana will draft an ordinance to address the drivers and spectators of illegal street races and shows. The policy calls for issuing fines for people who engage in or attend the shows — specifically targeting spectators who are present at the “speed contests and reckless driving exhibitions.”
The city can pursue criminal or civil action, in addition to issuing administrative citations ranging from $500 on the first offense and $1,000 for the second and subsequent violations in a three-year period.
Councilmember Teresa O’Neill was absent for the vote.
Lawmakers also approved other measures to combat street racing, including assigning cases to the police department’s traffic unit and training officers in enforcement.
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