Street Racing, Drag Racing – What Are The Penalties?
Street racing or drag racing as it is sometimes known has become more prevalent in part thanks to the pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, more and more people were using the open highways to race. Now, street racing is still taking place, sometimes with tragic consequences. Central Florida Bonding wants you to be aware of street racing, what it consists of, the penalties involved, and how it can lead to tragedy.
Florida Statues section 315.191 goes into detail on what street racing consists of and how it is defined. In a nutshell, there are four categories:
•Racing – driving any vehicle including motorcycles in a race, drag race, speed competition or more
•Planning or facilitating a race – planning or coordinating a race, collecting money for a race, contest, competition, etc.
•Passenger – participating as a passenger in a race (knowing that the vehicle will be involved in a race and you agree to be a passenger in that vehicle)
•Interfering with traffic – purposely causing the movement of traffic to slow or stop for the race, contest, competition, etc.
Racing is defined as, “using one or more motor vehicles in competition, arising from a challenge to demonstrate superiority of a motor vehicle or driver and the acceptance or competitive response to that challenge, either through a prior arrangement or in immediate response, in which the competitor attempts to outgain or outdistance another motor vehicle, to prevent another motor vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle/s, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.”
Penalties for street racing can include fines, mandatory driver’s license revocation for a year if convicted, possible impoundment of the vehicle, possible forfeiture of the vehicle, and a criminal record that can impair your employment prospects, raise your insurance, and can add points to your license. You can also be charged with vehicular homicide if you cause the death of another due to your reckless driving. Reckless driving with serious bodily injury is another charge that you could possibly face. Penalties increase depending of it is a first-time offense, second time offense, third time offense or more. You can also face charges if you are a participating passenger in a street race or a spectator.
Street racing, while being illegal can also have tragic consequences. Recently, in Osceola County, an eleven-year-old girl lost her life due to street racing. The driver that was street racing failed to slow down and crashed into a vehicle that the 11-year-old was riding in. Others in the vehicle were injured. In another case, a 47-year-old man died when he was street racing and lost control of his car. Debris from his crash broke out the window of another vehicle that had 4 passengers in it including 2 children. Luckily, no one was injured in that vehicle.
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