A street race instigated a multi-vehicle crash in Denver just last month in which seven people were injured. All were taken to local hospitals where, later, one of the women died. The crash happened late on November 7 at Federal Avenue and West 54th Avenue, when a Volvo which seemed to be racing with a motorcycle, crossed into approaching traffic and crashed head-on into a Nissan Altima with four occupants. Colorado State Troopers are trying to determine if the occupants of the Volvo were drinking alcohol. Charges are pending.
Street Racing Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 37,000 deadly motor vehicle accidents in the United States every year. Speeding is an instrumental factor in nearly one-third of these accidents. As the rate of travel increases, so does the chance that a driver will be involved in a fatal crash. Unlike other deadly car crashes, fatal street racing crashes are more likely to take place on urban roads, and are almost six times more likely to happen at speeds in excess of 65mph.
Street racing can include impulsive racing with another vehicle or illegally organized events with marked distances on public roads and spectators. The recent surge in popularity of street racing movies and video games serves only to promote and glamorize this deadly and illegal past-time.
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States among people ages 16 to 20, which also happens to be the predominant age of street racers. National statistics indicate that for every 1,000 people who participate in street racing, 49 are killed or injured.
Additionally, street racing poses dangers to spectators and innocent bystanders. Spectators at illegally organized street racing events are often too close to the action without protective barriers separating them from the cars. Street racing creates noise, litter, and loitering in residential areas. Pedestrians and other motorists sharing the road with drivers who are prone to impromptu street racing are at risk of being injured or killed.
Consequences of Illegal Street Racing
Most every municipality inflicts serious criminal penalties on street racers. And, although they vary from region to region, fines in addition to speeding tickets can reach $1,000. Additional penalties can include license suspension, vehicle impounding, and jail time.
In Colorado, participating in street racing on a public street or highway is a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense. Operating a motor vehicle in a display of speed exhibition is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, as is unauthorized removal of an immobilization device, or boot.
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