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It seems as though as soon as the car was invented, people were racing cars. We've always wanted to see who's the fastest. The only problem is, racing 4,000-pound automobiles at hundreds of miles per hour on public streets is a bit more dangerous than your average foot race.
That's why many states have enacted specific street racing statutes or allowed for enhanced penalties for racing-related offenses. Here are some of those laws and the penalties for breaking them.
Each state's traffic code varies, so the law in your particular jurisdiction could be different than the ones highlighted here. For instance, some states consider racing or speed contests as a form of reckless driving, and will simply include classification and penalty enhancements if that recklessness was part of a race.
Here is how three states define street racing in their statutes:
In Florida, street racing is a misdemeanor and a conviction can mean $1,000 in fines and the loss of your license for a year. Under California law, you can be arrested, have your vehicle impounded for 30 days, and be imprisoned for up to three months if convicted of street racing, or aiding or abetting a street race. And a first-time racing conviction in the Lone Star State could mean six months in jail and $2,000 in fines.
Almost all jurisdictions provide for increased penalties if the race results in an accident, injury, or death. So if you've been charged with street racing, contact an experienced attorney today.