LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — In an effort to curb vehicle cruising, the Los Angeles Police Department on Sunday began a more strict enforcement of related traffic laws in South Los Angeles.
Tricked-out low-riders are often seen in the area near Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, especially on Sundays, when car enthusiasts gather to show off their vehicles.
The gatherings may seem harmless, authorities said, but are in fact potentially harmful to pedestrians and motorists.
Cruising has resulted in “mishaps on behalf of a few — not only from vehicle-related collisions but unfortunately the gang influence,” LAPD Officer Martin Martinez said. “The experience of rivalries between gangs has resulted in a few shooting between vehicles, and in the crossfire end up Good Samaritans.”
Some owners of the novelty vehicles said the meetups helped keep attendees out of trouble.
“This is all we do — we come out, we have fun, we show off our cars,” cruiser Martin Bromely said. He added: “That’s all it is — just a good time.”
Extra patrols will be deployed and officers will be examining modified vehicles to see if the changes are in accordance with applicable laws, according to the LAPD.
Police said they planned to continue to educate the public about cruising and crack down on violators throughout the rest of the summer.