Police Are Pushing for a More Coordinated Crackdown on L.A.’s Deadly Street Racing Scene

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California Highway Patrol investigators at the scene of a fiery crash Feb. 27, 2016, on the 5 Freeway in the city of Commerce. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

For decades, authorities have struggled to halt a street racing craze that has plagued Los Angeles County, sometimes with fatal results.

Attempted crackdowns were short-lived. Few officers focused exclusively on the problem. And law enforcement agencies often worked alone to deter would-be racers from venturing into their jurisdictions — a strategy that critics complain simply pushed the problem into neighboring cities.

Now, some police officials are calling for a more coordinated effort to break the racing scene.

After a spate of recent deaths linked to street racing, dozens of investigators from agencies across the area met last month to discuss the creation of a countywide task force aimed at curbing the speed contests. Another planning meeting is scheduled to take place Monday, officials said.

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