Illegal Street Racing Penalties, Laws, And Court Judgements
Source: Evo Street Racers Research Dept.
Without limiting boundaries illegal street racing has invaded every corner of society causing indifference, dismay, and death. Even the most ridiculous tales of illegal street racing accidents no longer surprise people as seen in the picture on the right featuring a sports car stuck in the roof of a house in England as a result of an illegal street racing accident. It is of no wonder with accidents lining the streets and emergency response units being overtaxed in response to enforcement and clean-up which has resulted in the populace growing intolerable towards the illegal activity.
At one point in history illegal street racing was viewed as a nuisance similar to that of a child stealing from a cookie jar. The damage was limited to the cookie jar and it was quickly remedied by a stern warning from the parents...however, this child has grown into young adult, the cookie jar has become the streets of the city, and the parents struggle to enact/monitor safe driving techniques. In consequence public officials have been petitioned across the globe to take meaningful action to reduce the problem thereby creating a safer environment to drive and live in.
As compared to a half decade ago, the amount of legislation passed enacting new and stricter illegal street racing ordinances is nothing short of impressive. California, USA set the standard in this area as they acted as the model for many other states and countries to follow. Arguably the most controversial law/penalty enacted by California is the seizure and crushing of vehicles found to be illegal street racing. As a result of California’s “success” in the car crushing tactic within the last year numerous countries have followed suite including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Although laws are an important step in acting as a deterrent and officially establishing society’s position on the illegal act it is NOT enough. Laws are just one step. Laws do not address the root cause of the problem rather are a reactive penalty to the act. Equal if not more focus must be given to the root cause of the problem. To name a few areas at the root of the problem include lack of and/or unresponsive motorsports infrastructure, ineffective driver’s educational programs, poor parental guidance, and an unengaged business sector.
Judgments have grown proportionally stricter with the new laws; however, in the views of those directly affected often fall short of fair justice. The lenient judgments include lose of driving privileges, probation, and fines whereas the strict side can range to a lengthy incarceration. Amongst the strictest judgments given in 2009 was in Saudi Arabia and California USA. In Saudi Arabia, the defendant Otaibi was sentenced to 3,000 lashes, 20 years in prison, and a lifetime ban on driving as a result of an illegal street race claiming the lives of two people. In California, Robert Canizalez was sentenced to 48 years to life in prison while his competitor Martin Morones received 45 years to life for taking the lives of 3 people in an illegal street racing accident.
Below you will find a brief list of articles discussing illegal street racing Penalties, Laws, And Court Judgements.
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United States Of America Illegal Street Racing Court Judgements:
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United States Of America Illegal Street Racing Penalties & Laws:
California: Hayward, California, Tightens Up Street Racing Ordinance
International Illegal Street Racing Penalties & Laws:
Australia: New laws: You hoon, we crush
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