• Jun 20, 2007
The state of California has taken a hard line against illegal street racing, the type of which has on occasion led to the death of innocent pedestrians and the racers themselves. They're employing a new deterrent to make these illegal racers think twice about competing on public roads – crushing the impounded cars of those caught street racing. This Fox News video clip (click this link to view) shows a local reporter present at the inaugural crush who appears a little too excited about the event compared to the disembodied anchorman whose voiceover we hear in the backgroiund. The tuned Honda Civic hatch is flattened quickly inside the crusher's jaws, the extreme pressure popping out its windows like eyeballs and some of the hatch's contents ejecting out the back like vomit. Fortunately, it looks like the aftermarket rims may have survived. The Ron Burgandy wannabe behind the desk says it best at the end exclaiming, "Half the guys in the studio are crying at what you just showed us."

[Source: Fox News via GMInsideNews]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a great idea and I hope BC and Ontario adopts the law. In the last several years, street racing has killed a lot of innocent people. On most occasions, the suspects fled without even seeing if the people they hit was okay. (Those people should be in the car when it's crushed.) If you can't do the time then don't do the crime. Driving like a jerk hurts more people and the jerk takes chances just for the thrill. They should also have to watch their cars being crushed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you look closely, you'll realize the cars they crushed are actually worthless piles of crap, so who cares?
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure, this may be extreme for first time offenders. But ask any family who has lost a loved one to a street racer and see what they think. Perhaps a more judicious approach would be:

      First Time...substantial fine
      Second Time... even bigger fine
      Third Time... meet the reaper...err...um...crusher

      Perhaps add the following as well:

      You run from the cops?... crusher
      Stolen parts on your car?... crusher
      You damage someone elses property?...crusher
      You kill an innocent person?...murder conviction

      As Raffi wrote, a similar set of standards applied to DUI cases would also be beneficial. I have been hit by a DUI driver and I feel little remorse for thier so called "rights".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Racing on the streets is illegal. Too many innocent people have died as a result, yet people continue to break the law. If it takes confiscating the cars and crushing them to get people to stop the killing, then go for it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      You do know that Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch and he activiely controls what his media outlets distribute?

      All the big news outlets are controlled by someones agenda. Independent news is slowly disappearing and it will be a sad day when all the worlds news is controlled by 2 or 3 big companies.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Media outlets are basically owned by the entertainment industry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The problem is, how is "illegal street racing" defined? And does your car get repossessed and crushed on the first offense? I have a friend who got a ticket for "illegal street racing" for doing donuts in a big empty parking lot. Would his car get crushed? Clearly he was endangering countless children!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's see. Illegal Aliens can drive without a license, without insurance and without proof of citizenship and be deemed 'ok' to keep their cars?

      The side effect of these policies is already happening.

      People are using unregistered salvaged parts cars to race with. So now they can simply ditch the cars on the road with no trace back to them if the cops bust a race. They simply pull off to a side street and ditch the car and blend into the crowd.

      Until the NIMBY crowd decides to put a track within LA county closer than Palmdale this will continue on for the rest of Los Angeles history.

      Just as stock car racing has its roots in 'bootleggers' fleeing the police, we'll see the 'racing culture' continue to adapt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Until the NIMBY crowd decides to put a track within LA county closer than Palmdale this will continue on for the rest of Los Angeles history."

        Which is what happened to Pomona. They run the Winternationals and one other event and that's it. Noise complaints have shut down use of the drag strip outside of those two events. Irwindale has to be mindful of neighbors when scheduling events, but at least still has drifting and stock cars.

        Cal Speedway still has a 1/4 mile strip set up. It's more or less permanent; might be turned back into parking for NASCAR weekends.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Figures Fox news would be happy and joyful with something that controls people and takes away their property, regardless of what law was broken. That place is a right-winger's wet dream!

      And no I don't condone street racing, but this obsession with control is insane. I wonder, Hitler really did win after all....
        • 7 Years Ago
        too bad there are people out there that don't support your views. That's what's so good about America, I don't have to agree with your twisted opinion. Fox news is a right-wing fantasy network. face it.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Awwww
          Did the Fox network take Mark's teddy bear as a child.

          Better watch your back man! I think the Fox network has cameras setup in your house.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Dave-
          Too funny.. Yeah I was wondering what that new plant was doing in the corner. I don't remember ordering any plants! lol

          yeah they took my teddy bear and sold it on e-bay.. hahaha

          thanks for making me laugh dave :) that was classic!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Heh blaming Fox news and the "Right Wing" is about as ignorant as it gets, Kommiefornia is run by leftists, the same people who melt down guns, have now targeted your car. these are the same people who want to force everyone into some POS hybrid. Us "Right Wingers" generally tend to not be bothered by road racers on an empty back road, we however dont approve of racing on a city street, we also tend to like motor sports in general (NASCAR anyone?) as for Fox news, well any media outlet over sensationalizes, thats what they do! And as for your comment on "Adolf Hitler winning" well Hitler did commission the Autobahn the only highway network in the world which it is legal to drive 200 MPH on if you wanted, they also used to have road races on it in the 30s! yeah right-wingers hate motorsports ::Rolls eyes:: Get a clue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hope you're trolling and not seriously that stupid.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was honestly one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. I hope you dont vote
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well you cant argue with irrationality. Have fun with that. Thank god I dont see the world you do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get this at all. For a state that's supposed to be green, how the hell is 'crushing working cars' going to help anything? Haven't they heard of "REDUCE or REUSE?" It uses far less energy than recycling stuff. Also, why crush aftermarket parts? Sell them! Make money!

      This is just dumb, and frankly, if someone tried to do this to my car, I would SUE for 'cruel and unusual punishment'. That is just bullshit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know people who have 'tacky taste'. Their cars are slow pieces of crap, like pretty much anything with an automatic, and they're into huge subwoofers. Not my cup of tea, but they'd love tacky bodykits and whatnot. Crushing stuff is just .... dumb. That's like a cop, instead of writing you a ticket, just kicking your hood in. Way uncool, and it is NOT reasonable. It is cruel and unusual. A lot oif these cars have COUNTLESS hours of effort into them, and simply destroying them is just stupid.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Who do you think is going to be buying the parts? Soccer moms? We're talking about gaudy tuner parts.

        And cruel and unusual punishment applies to denying human dignity. Seizure and destruction of stolen property falls within reasonable punishment for a crime.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll bet you wouldnt be crying to the constitution so much if someone walking around with a gun firing off into the air got his gun taken away and ground up for endangering lives. Now I know street racing isnt that extreme but its a similar concept. Youre endangering the lives of innocent people.

      Street racing has changed, were not talking about Model As with flatheads racing on deserted highways. A 12-second M3 racing on a street with 10 times as many cars as the 1950s is REALLY dangerous.

      I have a 62 Dodge with a big block and you can bet your ass im not going to risk all the blood, sweat and cash I poured into that car just to knock some guy down a peg or two whos trying to impress his girlfriend.

      Times have changed and the cops are trying to make a strong statement. Quit pretending like its your god given right and get a grip.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11 You should try to get Fox and some other news sources in Canada.CNN is just a soapbox for Ted Turner and His goons to parrot his rhetoric.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here ladies and gentleman we have another Rip Van Winkle. Welcome to the 21st century ( I know time flies by). When was the last time Ted Turner was incharge of anything? Yep that was in the last century? If CNN is a network of goons what this POS Fox? Idiot box for the idiot party?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Media outlets are basically owned by the entertainment industry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should lock the actual racers in the cars.. a while back a teen was dacing his daddy's Benz, slammed into a taxi, and killed a father of 4.. right down the street from me. They should all die.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Ca$h

        Just because you think you are being safe by driving on desolate back roads doesn't mean you are. That still is NOT a controlled environment. What makes it worse is that your cocky attitude means that if someone were to be in the area of some random reason you wouldn't even expect it during your reckless activies leaving you completely unaware of your surroundings. Roads are for transportation and race tracks are for racing plain and simple no questions about it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've gone street racing plenty of times without getting hurt. See, there are two types of people who race on the streets: Morons, who race on populated roads, and want to win at all costs, even if it means losing control of their car, and taking huge risks. Why? Small penis syndrome? I don't know. I race my friends in industrial parks sometimes, and nobody ever gets hurt. We do it on streets that never EVER have traffic past 5pm, and only after 10pm. Nobody has ever been hurt, caught, or anything remotely negative. The problem are the morons who watch too much fast and furious and think that running redlights or taking a corner way too fast in a FWD vehicle is cool. But again, needlessly crushing stuff is just dumb. Especially if the car is working. That's just a slap in the face of anything 'green' california is working on. Keeping an old car on the road longer has a FAR smaller impact than constantly buying new ones.
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