Illegal Street Racing
It is midnight at the local Wal-Mart, with the parking lot packed with all makes and models of import cars, ranging from Acura Integra’s to Honda Civics, paint jobs shining as bright as a new star in the evening light. The late evening air is heavy with the smell of high-octane exhaust. The atmosphere is a mixture of tension and excitement for the nights pending festivities. From somewhere in the crowd, a cell phone starts ringing. In just a matter of minutes, the parking lot is deserted. Like a convoy of ants, the cars head out to a deserted stretch of highway to partake in what has, in many communities, become a nuisance to law enforcement, and an adrenalin rush for gear-heads of all ages, illegal street drag racing.
The sport of drag racing, both legal and illegal, has been around for decades. A sport that,
Not because they are trying to keep people from enjoying a hobby or lifestyle, but because it is more an activity that can kill if not properly respected. In one such case, two cars were involved in an apparent 100 MPH drag race when one of the cars lost control and careened into a third vehicle in L. More often then not though, safety takes a backseat to the need to go faster then the person in the next lane. Both drivers involved in the crash died at the scene. com, from 1995 to 2001; Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) attributed twenty-four fatalities to illegal street drag racing. His only crime was being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Very seldom does a street racer walk away from an accident while racing. With these cars reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH, safety is at stake too. in the 60"tms and 70"tms, was dominated solely by Pontiac GTO"tms, Ford Mustangs, and Chevrolet Camaros, now is littered with Honda Civics, Acura Integra"tms, and Toyota Celica"tms. Though the concept is still the same, the stakes are much higher. Many local police departments have organized task forces in an effort to combat illegal street drag racing. According to a report publish on June 26, 2001, by ABCNEWS.