Public safety in Oakland, California is under threat due to a dangerous trend known as “sideshows.” These sideshows involve drivers and spectators shutting down intersections, neighborhood streets, parking lots, and even bridges to perform dangerous stunts like extreme donuts and crashes.

Oakland Councilman Noel Gallo expressed his concern, stating that this behavior is unacceptable as it destroys streets, intersections, and lights.

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According to one resident, drivers in sideshows wear masks to hide their identities and even pull guns on those trying to report their behavior. The rise in these events has attracted participants and spectators from outside Oakland.

Gallo mentioned that the police have stated that 64% of sideshow participants are not from Oakland. The frequency and worsening conditions of sideshows have led the community to demand action.

In April, a video captured nearly 100 motorcyclists illegally participating in a sideshow on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing traffic to come to a stop. Witnesses reported seeing motorcyclists performing stunts like wheelies and donuts.

Gallo stressed that efforts are being made to stop this behavior and ensure public safety. Additional police presence has been secured, and perpetrators blocking police vehicles can face serious consequences.

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Gallo emphasized the need to discourage and prevent these illegal activities. He suggested the implementation of an ordinance that imposes fines and penalties on sideshow organizers and facilitators.

NYNNC is a Digital Production Assistant on the Fox News flash team with Fox News Digital.

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