Watching a sideshow in San Jose is now a crime

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San Jose is trying something new to crack down on sideshows. 

Instead of just focusing on the drivers, the attention is now on spectators who watch sideshows. 

“Spectators themselves are helping to create the event. Whether they are advertising the events, uploading video or blocking off streets or watching out for police we know that these events are happening because of the people who are standing around,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. 

The ordinance was passed on Tuesday, now making watching a sideshow a crime.

If caught, spectators face a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 6 months in jail. 

The ordinance comes after last year’s incident on Halloween in which a car hit and killed an innocent bystander. 

It follows similar measures enacted in Los Angeles and San Diego as a response to increasing sideshows. 

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