Illegal Street Racing
Teen Street Racing
Street racing is illegal in public streets and involves multiple cars participating in exhibitions of speed. They race against a clock or other timing device. These races are also known as “speed race,’ or “drag race,” and threaten the safety of not only those behind the wheel but the public as a whole.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 14,495 injuries and fatalities in 2014 as a result of collisions related to speeding. Car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths and street racing or speeding is a contributing factor to that statistic.
The consequences of street racing can include:
- Being arrested and having your vehicle impounded
- Being imprisoned if convicted of street racing, or supporting a street race
- Be fined up to $1,000
- Having your driver license revoked
- Having your vehicle’s insurance canceled or increased
- Having equipment violations issued
- Fractured bones
- Severe contusions
- Third degree burns
- Paralysis as a result of the accident
Illegal Street Racing Fueled By Social Media
In 2016 a crash as a result of street racing on the 5 freeway left three dead. This crash was just one case of many as street race accidents are on the rise in recent years.
Additionally in April of 2016 there were nearly 50 people arrested and dozens of cars impounded in an attempt to crackdown on illegal street racing in Los Angeles County, by the CHP and LAPD.
Although there are no statistics on street racing incidents, local police say they appear to be on the rise, with some racers using social media to coordinate matches.
Speeding and social media made the news in late 2016, when a snapchat video showed a driver going 115 mph moments before losing control and crashing.
Distracted driving is just as dangerous as speeding or other forms of reckless driving.
A car is a deadly weapon if used recklessly. As a result you could be jailed, fatally injured, or take someone’s life.