If you think that is bad, you should read the new law about being a spectator
of street racing.
They recently passed a law that makes ALL street racing a FELONY now, not just a mistermeaner. If you happen to be parked on the side of the road,
watching two people drag race, well YOU can be arrested, or ticketed JUST FOR WATCHING. Yes that is a real California law, look it up.
Also, tinted windshields and front passenger windows are NOT illegal, but there is a tint darkness limit. If it is too dark you get a ticket, because
they believe that the dark tint makes it difficult to see at NIGHT. It's a distraction to the driver.
Just like it is illegal to have a crack in your windshield. It's illegal to have a broken windshield because the crack in it is "obstructing your
You can't hang things from your rear view mirror either. People like to hang necklaces and other stuff from their rear view mirror, but this is
"obstructing your view".
You can't put your GPS devices on your windshield either. Even though every single aftermarket GPS device comes with a suction cup for your
windshield, its illegal to put it on the windshield because it is "obstructing your view".
Funny though, how windshield wipers aren't illegal. They pass back and forth in your view over and over, while in the low visibility rain.
Anyway, its obvious humans make/pass laws before they even THINK.
As for the police ganging up, I think well all are missing a crap load of information, and we shouldn't be making any comments about it unless we get
all the information.
For example, over in my hometown there was this parking lot that was very very popular. It was right next to a popular fast food place. People from
all around would get their cars, and just go there to show off, every Sunday. They weren't exactly all street racers, most of them were just modified
cars. With special paint jobs, lighting, and other details, they would go show off what they did to their cars. Obviously a lot of those were street
racers, or wannabes, but that didn't matter. What mattered was, this place was popular for many years. Over the years, things have added up. Not
only has their been car accidents in the parking lot, but there have been fights, and gang activity, and illegal gambling and drugs. Mainly stolen car
parts have been found on many cars. Over the years, the cops have been watching this little parking lot and realized a lot of illegal activity can be
found in the gatherings. So every Sunday, more and more cops would show up to watch the parking lot. Sooner or later, now at this current time, the
meeting place has moved. That parking lot is no longer popular. Nobody shows up on Sundays anymore.
The point of the story is, we have no clue what the background info is on the parking lot that the OP's story took place in. For all we know these
people show up every day, and they have been spotted racing before.
What is known though, is that when cops pull you over on suspicion and they don't find anything, they WILL find something to get you for, so they
don't look stupid.
[edit on 18-4-2008 by ALLis0NE]