New Assembly Bill Targets Street Racing In California

Lately, there’s been a significant surge in street racing incidents throughout Bakersfield, Kern County, and the State of California. The state plans on passing Assembly Bill 2565 to help nip the problem in the bud. The Assembly Bill targets street racing and other dangerous driving activities by increasing the penalties associated with such activities while behind the wheel.

Here at Chain | Cohn | Stiles, problems with dangerous driving hit very close to home. We recently represented a client who’s child suffered significant injuries in a November 2019 crash. The accident killed 58-year-old Maria Blaney Navarro, and reckless driving was the cause of the accident.

Due to our experience in the field, the lawyers here at Chain | Cohn | Siles fully support Assembly Bill 2565. And, if you’ve suffered an injury due to a reckless driving accident, then don’t hesitate to contact our firm. We’re always standing by to represent you and your interests in a court of law.

How Does Assembly Bill 2565 Address The Problem At Hand?

According to Assemblyman Vince Fong of Bakersfield (the Assemblyman responsible for introducing the bill):

“I authored this bill in response to what our local law enforcement officlas have conveyed as a troubling and problematic trend in our neighborhoods. We need to increase the penalties for illegal street racing activities to send a message that this activity will not be tolerated.” – Assemblman Vince Fong in a statement regarding Assembly Bill 2565

The bill also increases penalties for other dangerous driving activities. Some of the “activities” referenced in the bill include:

  • Engine-revving
  • Burnouts
  • Street racing
  • Reckless driving

Who Supports The Bill?

As mentioned, Chain | Cohn | Stiles fully supports Assembly Bill 2565. Another supporter of the bill si the Bakersfield police department. For years, local Bakersfield residents complained to the police about the overwhelming prevalence of street racing and parking-lot gatherings. So, it stands to reason that a large swath of the local population also supports this new Assembly Bill.


If you or someone you know is injured in an accident at the fault of someone else or injured on the job no matter whose fault it is, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling (661) 323-4000, or fill out a free consultation form here.