Take Part in a “Sideshow” in Paramount, Lose Your Car
Is a temporary thrill worth thousands of dollars and the loss of your vehicle?
The Paramount City Council doesn’t think so. It has approved tough new penalties to combat a sharp increase in dangerous street racing and intersection takeovers in town.
Various forms of reckless driving are widespread throughout the region. Due to Paramount’s close access to many freeways, the City has been plagued by these offenders who care nothing about our neighborhoods or putting people in mortal danger.
Racers, and the spectators who urge them on, who are apprehended in Paramount now face severe consequences. For the drivers, there are large fines for the racing itself and costs to store impounded vehicles that, combined, can reach thousands of dollars. Felony vandalism charges can also be filed, as it costs the City $6,000 to repair an intersection after it’s been hit. Ultimately, as the new City ordinance dictates, they can lose their cars for good. An additional tool the City Council has given to law enforcement involves those watching and encouraging the reckless drivers. They now can be charged with a misdemeanor and/or be fined and also have their cars impounded if they are illegally parked.
The prevalence of “sideshows” and “donuts” is a terribly frustrating trend indulged in a mostly younger crowd with no shame. Paramount has issued a warning to those who take part in this mayhem – bring it here and risk losing your car.
Residents are encouraged to call (562) 623-3500 when they see an intersection takeover starting to form.