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'Rumble Strips' Proposed To Slow Down San Fernando Valley Street Racers

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles City Council is considering a plan to install "rumble strips" on at least one San Fernando Valley street known for illegal street racing.

City Councilman Mitch Englander proposed the $14,000 pilot program, which would implement the strips on Plummer Avenue between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a section of the Valley known for its popularity with street racers.

While similar to speed bumps, rumble strips are much more abrasive - and potentially damaging - to cars engaged in high-speed racing, according to Englander's motion.

"We don't want to put anybody in jeopardy, and certainly this is a safe way to do it," Englander said. "If it really slows people down, we're on to something. Families in Los Angeles neighborhoods deserve peace of mind in their own homes." Englander said.

Two spectators were killed in Feb. 2015 near the scene of a street racing crash in the area. The driver, Karen Balyn, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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