I wrote a petition today after thinking about the recent actions taken by CA police to curb illegal street racing, and researching a little bit about CA law. I wanted to get my thoughts out there and see if people felt the way I feel, and I know that online petitions are a good way of doing that. Maybe not a great way of getting the ball rolling, but a good way to gauge support at least. If support is decent enough, I'll probably write a letter, on behalf of the petition's undersigned, to somebody who can speak on our behalf. Here
is the LA Times version of the story. Please read the article, then the petition, and then sign (or don't sign). And please, redistribute this petition to your friends and to other communities!
I started this petition today. It might not be what you think: this is not a petition to stop the crushing of "illegal street racing cars" in CA. I researched that myself.. it requires a court order, and uses a CA Vehicle Code prohibiting the use of unregistered or stolen components that were identified with serial or VIN numbers by the original manufacturer. ESPECIALLY if the component has the VIN removed, or the VIN matches that of a stolen car. This is to say, swapping in STOLEN ENGINES. So you don't have to worry about your 100% legit Evo, and if you have done an engine swap, you can still register it legally to be safe. It's obviously worth it.
My petition is, quite simply, for the crushing of cars owned by drunk drivers. The whole car crushing thing is a scare tactic the police are using against "illegal street racers". As soon as I heard about this, I started wondering if any of the guys up there at the top of the food chain (our representatives in the government, the movers and shakers) have ever considered applying this kind of scare tactic to drunk drivers. I started studying and researching the rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths, the laws behind the whole car crushing deal, and decided to just write up a petition.
And here it is. http://www.petitiononline.com/carcrush/petition.html
Take it for what it's worth and please sign it if you agree with it. I'm copying this and sending it to everyone I know and putting it up on every community that I'm a member of. If you find that you support my petition, please send it out to your friends and post it on other message boards, and forward it at work. I feel really strongly about this.
Thank you for your time and your help.