Changes to the Racing Statute

The legislature has enacted new laws designed to crack down on coordinated street takeovers that will be taking effect on July 1, 2024.  We have all heard of groups of 10 or more 2-wheeled and 4-wheeled souped up vehicles driving through downtown, making as much noise as possible and drawing a crowd.  Well, the legislature has also noticed those groups, and has revised the racing statute to include those activities.  The crime of racing now includes “coordinated street takeovers” and defines it as 10 or more vehicles operated in an organized manner to effect a street takeover.

Anyone involved in these street takeovers can be charged with a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a mandatory $2500 fine.  Further, the law requires a mandatory driver’s license suspension for 2 years, and law enforcement can take and keep the vehicle they were driving during the street takeover.  Spectators can also get in trouble; the new law raises the fine for any spectator in a drag race or street takeover to $400.  If you have questions about the new changes to the racing statute, or changes to any other laws, call us.  We fight because we care.

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