Illegal road races in Georgia face tougher penalties, and repeat offenders could have their cars confiscated under Governor Brian Kemp’s laws.
The measure would criminalize anyone in Georgia who organizes, promotes or takes part in street racing, also known as drag racing. Atlanta city and state officials have long complained about rampant street races in the city and are trying to crack down on them.
“Our streets, highways and parking lots have become a free speedway for criminals,” Kemp said at a press conference on Friday to unveil the bill.
The aim is to “strengthen penalties for criminals, hold those who promote these activities accountable, and protect our roads by modernizing our code to include these popular activities that put Georgians at risk,” said Kemp .
Under the bill, Speedsters would have their license suspended for at least a year depending on how often they were caught racing. They would also face fines ranging from $ 750 to $ 5,000 and face potential jail sentences.
Anyone convicted of road racing more than once in 10 years would have their vehicle confiscated or forced to transfer the car title to another family member if it was a means of transportation a family depends on, financial Avoid ruin.
State Rep. Josh Bonner, R-Fayetteville, a senior Kemp representative, is sponsoring the bill. With the governor’s support, there’s a good chance it will pass, and as it resembles a separate measure aimed at punishing street races initiated by Democratic State Senator Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur.
Kemp formulated the road race bill as another part of his criminal law policy, which includes cracking down on gangs and human trafficking. Since Kemp took office in 2019, his government has secured laws and funding for the police to hunt down gangs and human traffickers.
“This legislation will help us build on that commitment,” said the governor.