Orange County rep backs a new bill that seeks to curb street racing more with an FBI-led task force

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Congresswoman Michelle Steel, representing Orange County, has recently proposed a new bill called H.R. 6224, named the They're Fast, We're Furious Act of 2023. The bill was introduced in response to the increasing number of illegal street racing incidents and takeovers that have been causing harm to the communities in Orange County.

The proposed bill aims to establish a Street Racing Prevention and Intervention Task Force, which will function under the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This task force will coordinate and direct local, state, and federal strategic responses to street racing, organized takeovers, and sideshows. Moreover, the task force will develop best practices to combat these issues and create safer communities, potentially saving lives.

Furthermore, H.R. 6224 addresses incidents like the collision in Orange County on April 9, 2023. According to the California Highway Patrol, an Audi and a motorcycle were involved in a high-speed race that ended in a collision with a minivan turning on Flower Avenue at around 9:20 am.

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The incident destroyed a fence, and the Audi crashed into the side of a home, causing a gas leak. A telephone pole was also knocked over, and a cyclist and pedestrian were involved in the incident. The pedestrian was a 70-year-old woman who did not survive the crash.

Similar to Orange County, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has received multiple requests from its community to address the issue of street takeovers in the county. In response, the department is considering the feasibility of establishing a Street Takeover Task Force. However, the LASD has identified challenges, such as the availability of funding to support the operation.

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