A state Senator has introduced a new bill meant to crack down on illegal drag racing on Atlanta streets after a mother lost her life in DeKalb County. 11 Alive reported on the reasons why and what the bill would do.
Senate Bill 10 was introduced by State Senator Emmanuel Jones after hearing about the case. According to reports, a driver tried to cut into the wrong lane to aggressively pass another car and crashed head-on into the victim’s car. The victim’s family believes that it was due to illegal drag racing, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Nevertheless, the bill targets the illegal racing community. It would make it a misdemeanor to promote, advertise, or attend an illegal street racing event. The bill would also call for special license plates for cars that have over 650 horsepower. High-powered cars like these are common in illegal drag races.
Participating in an illegal race would be an 8 point addition to a driver’s license, plus fines up to $2500 along with impounding of the vehicle at the driver’s expense until their case is finished.
“Property is being damaged, lives are being lost unnecessarily and as a legislative body we have to come to terms, we have to get a grip on this and we have to give law enforcement the tools to enforce it. That is what this bill does,” Jones said.
If this bill passes, we hope that it does cause illegal street racers to think twice and consider getting a professional license instead. There are tracks in the area where racers can get their fill of speed without endangering the lives of the public.
If you’ve been injured as a bystander to an illegal street race, call the Strong Arm today for a free consultation.