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There is a strong racing culture in California, particularly Southern California. It is considered to be the birthplace of North American drag racing. This area was covered in some depth by magazines such as Turbo and Hi-Tech Performance and Sport Compact Car in the late 1990s.
In some cases, this popularity has led to tough anti-street racing laws which give more strict punishments (including misdemeanors for attending race events) than normal traffic citations and also often involve dedicated anti-racing task forces. San Diego, in Southern California was the first US city to allow the arrest of spectators attending street races. Penalties for violating street racing laws now can include impoundment of the offending vehicle and/or the suspension or revocation of the offender's drivers license.
Some police departments in the United States have also undertaken community outreach programs to work with the racing community to educate them to the dangers of street racing, as well as to encourage them to race in sanctioned events. This has also led to a campaign introduced in 2000 called RASR (Racers Against Street Racing) a grass-roots enthusiast group consisting of auto manufacturers, after market parts companies, professional drag racers, sanctioning bodies, race tracks and automotive magazines devoted to promoting the use of safe and legal raceways as an alternative to street racing. Kent's Beat the Heat is a typical example of this type of program. Other such alliances have been forged in southern and central California, reducing the incidence of street racing there.
With the inception of (Evo Street Racers) "Evo" in 2003 they became the only motorsports association in the world that is entirely focused on reducing the illegal street racing problem through viable long term solutions on and off the track. Evo was founded at a time when many motorsports organizations and businesses abandoned the Street Scene as a result of the illegal street racing topic losing interest in the media and the profitablility of their programs declining. They offer a variety of programs, services, and programs directed toward engaging the entire community into the solution with their main program being the Evolution Solution.
Jersey City is a popular East coast racing spot. Racers meet at a Dunkin Donuts on Route 440. There they organize the races and head out to "secret locations" to hold the races. Half the races are "just for run" and half are for anything between 100-3000 US dollars.