California Highway Patrol officers are currently investigating two YouTube videos depicting illegal activities on roadways in West Covina and Oakland. The West Covina video, shot from an overpass above, depicts hundreds of motorcycles blocking traffic on the 10 Freeway while a man proposes to his girlfriend. The second video, filmed on the northbound side of Interstate 88 near the Oakland Coliseum Complex, depicts multiple vehicles (law officers estimate between six and eight cars with additional vehicles being used to block traffic) cutting doughnuts at high speeds.
CHP representatives say that public roadways are not designed for these types of stunts, which should only be attempted by trained professionals on closed courses and under controlled circumstances.
In Oakland these events, commonly called “sideshows” have been a safety concern for citizens for several years. So far in 2013, law enforcement agencies have received 60 reports of sideshow activities. In 2005, when sideshows are thought to have reached the peak of their popularity, police received 700 reports of these activities in the area. Drivers in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. have been prosecuted for participating in these kinds of stunts.
I find this apparent trend extremely concerning because they present a serious safety risk not only to the drivers who choose to participate, but also to innocent bystanders and any drivers in the area. Please do not endanger the lives of yourself or others for the sake of filming a You Tube video.