Street racing is a form of unsanctioned and illegal auto racing which takes place on public roads. Street racing can either be spontaneous or well-planned and coordinated. Spontaneous races usually occur at intersections where two cars stop at a red light before they begin racing.
As of today April 1st 2008. I am completly against street racing. I almost lost a dear friend of mine becasue some highschool kids thought it would be fun to street race on their way to school. well one wasnt so lucky running a red light he t-boned a car in the middle of the intersection taht car belong to my dearest friend Tiff she was on her way to the DCCC for class. she ended up in the hospital today. luckily she will survive with only one severe cut injury to her leg and bruises.
the kid walked away unscathed which really ticks me off not only was he stupid and not following the traffic laws, he injures a bystander becasue of his stupidity and get away unharmed.
Now i cant say i have never dabbled in the world of street racing while in hays a buddy of mine drove a EVO Lancer and yeah we often had the mentality that we were invincible. going around the backstreets racing other people till one night he and i almost rolled his car. we went up on two wheels, but someone was watching over us that night and that was the end of it. i havnt wanted to street race again its not like we good or anything we were having fun or thats what it was till we almost rolled a car.
thanks to movies like fast and the furious kids get the idea that they need to street race. Hell even a certain anime Inital D which is about Drift racing which got me into drift racing and got me out in my car from time to time going over the basics of drifting learning how to drift a front wheel car which really isnt a true drift by the way its more like grip racing, but can be just as big a rush as anything taking a corner faster than you should be able too. its just illegal you are breaking the rules and i realized that maybe my life wasnt worth the risk of just getting that rush. my buddy still owns that EVO but he doesnt race it anymore he keeps it covered up most of the time he says its a show car now. laws are now being changed.
As a result, city and state ordinances have been issued regarding illegal street racing. Though laws vary, here are some penalties faced by street racers:
# You can be arrested and have your car impounded for 30 days.
# If convicted of street racing or aiding and abetting a street race, you can be imprisoned for up to three months and fined up to $1,000. Spectators are subject to penalties as well.
# Your driver’s license can be revoked.
# Your car insurance may be cancelled or the rates dramatically increased.
# Cars in and around illegal street races are often issued equipment violations.
in canada your car is destroyed right in front of you if you are caught street racing.
Some street racers are, however, well experienced and are racing because it’s a hobby they want to learn more about.
Still, despite the fact that many are into this activity for educational purposes or as a hobby, just as many if not more are inexperienced. Whatever cars they may have, be it truck, van or even sedan, street racing is a dangerous activity.
Along with high speed racing, many of these “suped-up” cars carry illegal parts (depending on your state and city laws). Modified air intakes and nitrous oxide, for example are the two most popular parts stocked in street racing cars.
So should street racing be looked down upon as a crime, or taken into consideration as educational fun?
Even though some drivers are responsible and just interested in learning more about their cars, the majority of the drivers are inexperienced. To make matters worse, even I, after watching movies that involve high speed driving, have the mentality that I can drive like the actor I saw on the big screen.
With accidents, injuries, and even fatalities occurring, street racing should be looked upon as a crime and stricly punished.