Crime & Justice

Get ready to rumble: Chatsworth installs rumble strips to fight illegal street racing

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015 file photo shows skid marks visible along Plummer Street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles following an early-morning illegal street racing crash that killed two bystanders. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, suspected of driving the heavily-modified Mustang that crashed, turned himself in Saturday evening, Feb. 28, 2015. He has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $2 million bail, jail records show. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015 file photo shows skid marks visible along Plummer Street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles following an early-morning illegal street racing crash that killed two bystanders. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, suspected of driving the heavily-modified Mustang that crashed, turned himself in Saturday evening, Feb. 28, 2015. He has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $2 million bail, jail records show. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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Los Angeles has installed its first "rumble strips" in Chatsworth in an effort to combat illegal street racing.

The strips are located in an area called "Canoga Speedway." It's notorious for attracting dangerous—even deadly—street racing.

Two spectators were killed and dozens were injured when a car lost control during a race there in 2015.

Councilman Mitch Englander said the strips are not speed bumps; they’re similar to a row of the small reflectors that mark lanes on a freeway.

“It's got noise and when [racers’] tires are not on a flat smooth surface, they don't get the same friction that they're looking for in a competitive race, and that's why this will not be attractive to them,” Englander said.

Englander added that the strips are uncomfortable to drive on, but they won't slow down larger vehicles, like fire-fighting trucks or other first responders.

The strips are currently just a pilot project. The councilman is asking for feedback and where to put more strips, if necessary.