Larry Martino

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You have probably seen illegal street racing and trick drivers while navigating the Las Vegas Valley roadways. Some of you may have even experienced getting caught in illegal street takeovers in Southern Nevada. All three situations are extremely dangerous for those involved in the illegal activity, and those of us who want to get to our destination alive and uninjured.

According to an article written by KTNV Staff on, Las Vegas Metro Police Department is teaming up with the Clark County Office of Transportation and the Nevada Department of Transportation to install “safety transverse rumble strips” in the roadways where a great deal of this illegal activity takes place. These strips alert drivers to slow down. And, if any of these illegal trick drivers or street racers decide to pull stunts or race through the rumble strips, they will do serious damage to their tires and wheels.

One spot that has been very popular with street racers and trick drivers is the intersection of U.S. 93 and Grand Valley Parkway. This is a rather remote intersection about two miles west of I-15 in the northeast section of Clark County out past Apex. There have been illegal street takeovers in this area with hundreds of cars blocking traffic as racing and stunt driving takes place. This illegal activity actually impedes semi-trucks attempting to pass through on their way to the more populated portions of Las Vegas and Clark County to deliver necessary goods.

Per the article, some participants in these street takeovers have even hopped up on to the semi-trucks or have slashed the truck’s tires. Law enforcement officials with Metro Police Department pointed out that projects like this may not eliminate these dangerous and illegal activities, but it will deter these roadway criminals. LVMPD has even set up a new unit which will focus on deterring street racing. They’re calling the unit “RAID,” or “Racing Apprehension and Intervention Detail.”

Let’s hope their new projects work well enough to curb this type of dangerous behavior in the Las Vegas Valley.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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Being a car enthusiast isn’t an easy feat. Not only do you have to have some serious love for cars but they always know so much about them. They can tell you so many fascinating things about cars that most people wouldn’t even be able to fathom. For me, I have multiple car enthusiasts in my family. So much so that when I’m looking for gifts for birthdays or holidays I always start by looking for gifts for car lovers. So because I feel like I’m always searching for cool car lover gift ideas, I figured I’d put together a list of awesome items that the car enthusiast in your life will probably love too. Enjoy! 

  • 1) Muscle Car Engraved Glasses

    Now, I’m not a car expert, but my grandfather certainly is up there. Usually, when I go hunting for gift ideas for him, I find stuff like this. These are engraved whiskey and pint glasses with classic muscle cars. This is an awesome gift idea for any muscle car lover. Plus, this Etsy seller offers personalization so if you want to get the gift recipient’s initials on it you can.

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    Here’s a great find for the folks who definitely are car collectors. Car collecting is serious business and let’s face it can get pretty expensive, but we all know they’re awesome to look at. This would be a great t-shirt gift for the car collector in your life.

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    Coffee table books are seriously one of my favorite things to look at. And for car enthusiasts, this is definitely another one you won’t want to skip out on. This book was released just this year and features 78 different vehicles spanning from the 30s through the 80s.

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    Whether it’s for a birthday or as a Father’s day gift this shirt is a great find for the car loving dad in your love. Because let’s face it, they aren’t like regular dads. They can absolutely spot a classic car a mile away and tell you all the unique facts specific to that make and model.

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    This is a cool gift idea for both racing fans and car lovers. It’s a “car guy” themed candle that actually smells like a cross between a new car smell and hints of gasoline.

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    I honestly think these are super fun and such a great gift idea. Coasters are one of those fun trinket types of gifts and these definitely scream you need it if you’re a car lover.

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    If they spend a lot of time out in the garage then this is the gift for them! This custom metal garage sign is such a fun and special way to show the car lover in your life how much you love them. It’s a really cool piece of décor that they’re sure to treasure.

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