The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to crack down against illegal street racing throughout the city in the midst of a surge in dangerous speeding in the San Fernando Valley.
Councilor Monica Rodriguez, who introduced the measure last month, noted that street races "usually take place on a short section of a wide, straight local road with low traffic levels and easy access to highways. "
To combat this, Tuesday's motion will ask the LAPD Street Racing Task Force and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to consider how traffic calming measures such as 'donkey, rough boards, raised center medians, sidewalk extensions and roundabouts "can be used to stop street racing.
The LAPD said last month that 437 people have been arrested so far this year in connection with illegal street takeovers and racing.
Richard Cartier, the uncle of a woman who was killed in a Lamborghini hit it at 106 mph in February, said it was "heartwarming" that city officials are taking action to reduce racing and dangerous speeding, but tougher criminal penalties need to be in place for those who are caught.
"If there is no justice here, there will be no justice for anyone, because it can happen to anyone," said Cartier. to Fox News Tuesday. "It takes our breath away. The family didn't cry like they should. We didn't sleep the way we should.
Prosecutors said in court that the 17-year-old Lamborghini driver was a "racing friend " just before the accident, but theThe teenager 's lawyer denied this claim, the Los Angeles Times reports .
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A 17 year old boy driving a Lamborghini SUV at 106 mph crashed into Monique Munoz, 32, in February, killing her. (LAPD West Traffic Division)
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The 17-year-old driver pleaded guilty to manslaughter and driving in April, but will be tried in juvenile court due to the policy of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, not to try all juveniles as adults.
The teenager is due to return to court on October 13 to know his sentence, according to his lawyer, Mark Werksman.
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Last month, three people were killed in a car crash in Burbank resulting from street racing.
One of the drivers involved, Hamlet Arseni AghAjanyan, 19, has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving.
Another driver, a 17-year-old minor, was arrested and detained in a juvenile detention center on three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving, pending a review by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
" This tragic and preventable event was caused by subjects racing vehicles and driving recklessly at very high speeds, "the the Burbank Police Department said in a statement on August 19.
The Los Angeles County D district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.