As the weather improves, the Portland Police Bureau predicts illegal and dangerous street racing/slipping/takeovers will increase in frequency. Therefore, PPB has endeavored to plan and muster resources to conduct regular law enforcement missions to combat this dangerous behavior.
PPB would like to remind attendees that this illegal activity can result in jail time, fines and towed vehicles.
In addition to state statutes, Portland’s city code addresses this dangerous activity.
1. An Illegal Street Takeover Event means activity that is:
a. Unauthorized ;
b. Planned in advance or coordinated simultaneously by two or more people; and
vs. Involves one or more persons demonstrating, exhibiting, or comparing the handling or power of one or more motor vehicles in a curved direction, in a circular direction, or around bends, including, but not limited to, breaking the traction in a curved or circular direction or around corners
2. A person commits the offense of illegal street takeover if, in a public place or on a highway, the person knowingly operates a motor vehicle while engaging in an illegal street takeover event
3. 1. Road means the entire width of a public right-of-way where part of it is intended for motor vehicle traffic or motor vehicle access to adjoining property.
3.2. A public place means an area, whether public or private, generally open to the public and includes, but is not limited to, land surrounding buildings or dwellings, streets, sidewalks, bridges, tunnels, alleys, squares, parks, alleys and parking lots.
See the full order here: https://www.portland.gov/code/14/a30/080
The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts to educate community members about the dangers of speed racing. This training will take place on our social media platforms and through one-on-one conversations with participants. Enforcement actions will also continue against those suspected of committing these types of crimes.
Irresponsible driving practices can have deadly consequences. There have been 19 traffic-related deaths in the city of Portland this year.
Each year, Portland Police officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can have a profound impact on those involved, their families and loved ones.
Source: Portland Police Bureau