Road racing is nothing new, however it might have discovered a gap of late. As we’ve reported previously, whereas the continuing Covid-19 pandemic has stored most individuals inside and vehicles off the roads, and in keeping with some native information retailers, speeders and avenue racers have been making the most of these extra-empty streets—Atlantans included. They have been holding avenue races and highway takeovers with a whole bunch of spectators, typically a number of nights in a row. Authorities are summoning a response.
In an effort to crack down on avenue racing—and, extra particularly, the large crowds these occasions have a tendency to draw—the Atlanta Metropolis Council just lately approved legislation that punishes bystanders, along with racing contributors. Everyone knows you could be despatched to jail and have your license suspended should you’re caught avenue racing, however now you possibly can face a effective of a minimum of $1,000 and as much as six months in jail only for watching avenue racing spectacles.
Atlanta is not the primary metropolis to do this. The town of San Jose, California, made it illegal to be a knowing bystander throughout a avenue race in April of final 12 months. It isn’t troublesome to fathom why: Crowds are a big a part of why avenue racing is so harmful. It solely takes a brief Google search to search out movies of individuals being hit by vehicles doing donuts in the midst of a metropolis block. Some may say these individuals have been asking for it, and so they deliberately endangered their very own lives, however the truth of the matter is that such incidents are avoidable, and anybody participating in avenue racing should not be there within the first place.
Right here at MotorTrend, we perceive everybody’s love for vehicles. That stated, doing burnouts and operating drag races in the midst of public roads isn’t a secure method to share your ardour—or remedy your boredom or showcase or no matter else you is likely to be doing.
If you wish to have a little bit enjoyable in your automotive, take it to the drag strip or the race monitor, the place you possibly can legally let free in a structured setting. We take a look at new autos on a closed course—you possibly can, too. If you happen to get pleasure from merely watching feats of pace, there are grandstands at most circuits and drag strips within the U.S., and getting in to a kind of is lot cheaper than the $1,000 effective now you can face in Atlanta and elsewhere.