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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sideshow stunts closing down California highways

By Pete Bannan

In New York City's Times Square, the land of pedestrians, a visitor can often be entertained to a piece of performance art, a mime or street musician. In California, land of the auto performance, art is also taking hold but in a different public setting. Packs of cars and motorcycles blocking interstate highways with stunts and claims of endless love - and all filmed for the YouTube generation.

In Oakland this past weekend three cars blocked Interstate 880 "drifting" in circles. Drifting is the burnout of the 21st century. A KTVU reporter called them sideshow stunts.

Sgt. Rob Barrera told the Associated Press  that the California Highway Patrol is confident that someone will be prosecuted for the brazen sideshow that stopped traffic on Interstate 880 near the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Barrera declined additional comment.

YouTube poster iitreatedii was caught in traffic behind the drifters and called them "idiots" on his channel, though he did have over 230,000 advertised views as on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Sunday Jan. 27 hundreds of bikers stopped traffic in the middle of the Interstate I-10 freeway in West Covina, Los Angeles County. The six-minute video is a Unity Ride in which biker Hector Martinez proposed to Paige Hernandez in front of his friends, family and unfortunate motorists stuck behind him.


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