A citizen’s video of a vehicle participating in sideshow activity in a residential neighborhood helped Richmond police locate the alleged driver and impound his vehicle Saturday.
Traffic Officer Jonathan Platzner investigated and was able to identify the vehicle and locate the driver. The driver was ultimately issued a citation, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days, according to a statement released by the Richmond Police Department.
Officers also responded to two sideshow activities this weekend, including a sideshow at 24th Street and Barret Avenue at 4:45 p.m.
“Officers located the vehicles engaging in this dangerous activity and conducted traffic enforcement stops. The vehicles were impounded for 30 days, and the drivers were issued citations,” police said.
Drivers cited for sideshow activities face $1,000 fines and 90 days in jail. Vehicle owners are also on the hook for thousands of dollars in impound fees.
“Whether drivers are caught in the act or after it occurred, they will be held accountable for their reckless behavior. Sideshows and “doing donuts” compromise the safety of our citizens, and RPD has a zero-tolerance policy if you are caught,” police said.
Residents are encouraged to report reckless driving or sideshow activity to RPD Communications Center at 510-233-1214. Those who document dangerous driving may send videos or photos to RPDStopSpeed@RichmondPD.net.