Yesterday afternoon on West Bay Avenue in front of the prestigious Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the California Highway Patrol was stopping cars at random for “Smog Compliance Tests”. These stops are done supposedly to get emissions data for future auto standards.
It is important to note that these stops are completely voluntary– so if you have gotten in your car to drive around and kill time, feel free to spend 10-15 minutes allowing the police to hook up monitoring equipment to your car.
But if you have somewhere to be, you can always decline and there is no penalty for doing so.
Special thanks to Evan and Sani Krisher and to Andy MacInnis for the heads-up on this one (and to the Krishers for the photos!)