Not So Fast, Not So Furious
Courtesy of the California Highway Patrol
From Greased Lighting to Eleanor, street racing has been woven into the fabric of Southern California both in real life and the movies. What is the allure of street racing?
Those involved have said it’s an adrenaline rush similar to being on a roller coaster. The only difference is you are safely strapped into a roller coaster that has a beginning and an end. When you mix thousands of pounds of a vehicle with speed, it only takes a second for tragedy to occur. What is the draw for young people to street race even though many admit to the dangers and consequences? For many young people, it’s the sense of belonging to a select group, for some it’s a way to find some semblance of an identity they long for, and for others it’s the thrill of doing something that’s on the verge of recklessness.
Street racing is always illegal and extremely dangerous to both participants and onlookers. The California Highway Patrol actively investigates street racing and takes enforcement action whenever possible. The CHP has partnered with several allied agencies to combat the issue of illegal street racing. This partnership has led to arrests, vehicle impounds and citations.
Here are just a few hazards associated with street racing:
- Some people think a vehicle is a toy and when used in this manner it becomes a deadly weapon.
- Street racers often don’t wear safety belts and sometimes have been drinking or using illegal drugs.
- Racing should only be done on a dedicated track, not on public roads were accidents can occur.
If you engage in street racing, remember these possible consequences:
- Jail or prison time
- Injury resulting in death
- Injury to yourself or others
- Damage to property
The community’s concern makes a big difference. Anyone who hears about a street race, planned or already taking place should advise the CHP promptly. We’ll take it from there.
The CHP wants to remind you-don’t live your life a quarter mile at a time, you might not ever get a chance to cross the finish line. For more information, visit http://www.chp.ca.gov.