Dangerous sideshow captured on camera in Kansas City

Dangerous sideshow captured on camera in Kansas City


Just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Union Station in Kansas City, dozens of cars gathered in a nearby intersection, did donuts and participated in a side show.Within minutes, police showed up and the crowd scattered. The scene was even more dangerous near the T-Mobile Center where an Kansas City Police Department officer was nearly struck by a vehicle during a sideshow.The Kansas City Council passed an ordinance Thursday imposing stricter penalties for participants and spectators of street racing and sideshows, including a fine of up to $500 dollars and six-months in jail. A KCPD spokesperson Sunday said they have not changed their strategy since the new ordinance passed and they will not pursue drivers when they flee.The new measure in Kansas City imposes stricter penalties for offenders.”This ordinance makes it clear: our priority is keeping people — participants, spectators and passersby — safe and illegal street racing activities will be met with tougher legal consequences. We continue exploring ways to create safer, legal options for events where people can show off their cars without jeopardizing the safety of others. In the meantime, participants will have to follow the law,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a news release.The ordinance stipulates that first-time violations for drivers will result in a fine of up to $150 and/or up to 30 days in jail. A second violation would lead to a fine of up to $300 and/or up to 60 days in jail. Third and subsequent violations would be met with a fine of up to $500 and/or and up to six months in jail.The ordinance also allows Municipal Court to fine spectators at unsanctioned street racing events up to $100.The ordinance will give police authority to impound vehicles suspected of violating the ordinance after a search warrant is issued by a judge who finds probable cause to believe the vehicle was involved in street racing.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Union Station in Kansas City, dozens of cars gathered in a nearby intersection, did donuts and participated in a side show.

Within minutes, police showed up and the crowd scattered.

The scene was even more dangerous near the T-Mobile Center where an Kansas City Police Department officer was nearly struck by a vehicle during a sideshow.

The Kansas City Council passed an ordinance Thursday imposing stricter penalties for participants and spectators of street racing and sideshows, including a fine of up to $500 dollars and six-months in jail.

A KCPD spokesperson Sunday said they have not changed their strategy since the new ordinance passed and they will not pursue drivers when they flee.

The new measure in Kansas City imposes stricter penalties for offenders.

“This ordinance makes it clear: our priority is keeping people — participants, spectators and passersby — safe and illegal street racing activities will be met with tougher legal consequences. We continue exploring ways to create safer, legal options for events where people can show off their cars without jeopardizing the safety of others. In the meantime, participants will have to follow the law,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a news release.

The ordinance stipulates that first-time violations for drivers will result in a fine of up to $150 and/or up to 30 days in jail. A second violation would lead to a fine of up to $300 and/or up to 60 days in jail. Third and subsequent violations would be met with a fine of up to $500 and/or and up to six months in jail.

The ordinance also allows Municipal Court to fine spectators at unsanctioned street racing events up to $100.

The ordinance will give police authority to impound vehicles suspected of violating the ordinance after a search warrant is issued by a judge who finds probable cause to believe the vehicle was involved in street racing.


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