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How might Georgia change its approach to street racing?

No matter how glamorous or exciting street racing scenes are in the movies, it is a very dangerous practice in the real world.  Even if racers organize with a group and attempt to prevent any cross-traffic from coming through intersections, the potential is always there for someone unassociated with the race to crash into those participating. Those racing may have such a strong focus on winning that they don’t monitor their surroundings for safety or pedestrians.

There are already reckless driving laws forbidding street racing in Georgia. However, a pending house bill could potentially change the way that the state approaches racing specifically.

What would House Bill 534 do?

Introduced by state representatives and supported by the governor, House Bill 534 would create special penalties for those who race on public roads if it becomes law.  For example, anyone convicted of reckless driving would lose their license.

The suspension would last 12 months for the first offense and would go up to 18 months for a second offense. Additional penalties would include fines and incarceration of up to five years for those with repeat offenses in a 10-year period.

Sometimes officers make assumptions based on the vehicle or the driver

Many times, street racing or drag racing is obvious. Other times, a police officer might jump to the wrong conclusion because of the way of vehicle looks or the appearance and demeanor of its driver.

If police officers have wrongly charged you with reckless driving or street racing, you may not yet face enhanced penalties like those suggested by state lawmakers. However, defending yourself is still wise because it will protect your license and your driving record. An attorney can help.