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Oakland Cracks Down on “Sideshows”

Oakland isn´t going to be a great place this summer for fans of the illegal street car demonstrations known as sideshows. Police say they will be out every weekend this summer trying to shut down the so called sideshows. Investigators say two people died in a sideshow-related accident last weekend.

Lieutenant Paul Figueroa says 80 officers, most on overtime, will be out on weekend nights to keep the sideshows under control. That´s bad news for city budget watchers, because that overtime will cost from $30,000 to $60,000 a night.

Taking part in sideshows can get you more than a ticket. Police have impounded 400 cars involved in sideshows.

They can be kept for a month, and at the end it will cost about $1,200 to get a car back.