Street Racing Puts Everyone at Risk
Street racing has become a severe problem in Dallas, motivating police and lawmakers to move forward with plans to curtail it. Last month, the Dallas police department reached out to Dallas City Council for support in drafting policies to tackle the city’s street racing problems. The ordinance would make it a crime to both partake in street racing and watch it. According to numbers from the city council meeting, street racing numbers have steadily increased over the last four years. In 2019 alone, Dallas police issued more than 23,000 citations, made 400 arrests, and towed 1,400 cars.
Following three recent street-racing deaths – one of which took the life of an 8-year-old girl – Dallas police said they need to start cracking down. The ordinance would give officers the right to ticket drivers, passengers, and people who watch illegal street racing. Furthermore, they will also have the right to seize any cars involved in illegal drag racing. The proposal came just days after a 20-year-old man died after falling off a truck that was ‘spinning donuts’ in a local parking lot. At Shamieh Law, we understand the gravity of accidents caused by these races and are here to help you understand your rights.
Fatal car accidents are tragic regardless of the situation, but perhaps even more so when it could be prevented. Street racing, stunt shows, and unnecessary speeding carry consequences, and the Dallas police are cracking down. If you find yourself the victim of an accident caused by street racing or any other illegal action, please contact Shamieh Law and schedule a free consultation.
By the Numbers
Not only has street racing become a nuisance for residents, but it is hazardous. Due to the high speed and reckless attitudes of many drag racers, the ‘sport’ often ends in tragedy. While the Fast and Furious movies may glorify street racing, in reality, it is becoming a severe problem across the nation. According to Insurify, Virginia, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have the most street racers. But other states, including Texas and Colorado, are seeing a growing problem. Let’s take a look at a few other statistics about illegal street racing from Insurify and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA):
- Nine out of every 100,000 drivers have been ticketed for street racing
- In 2017, there were 11.4 deaths per 100,000 people related to street racing
- Of those with previous citations for street racing, 11.31 percent have a prior speeding violation
- Street racing is most popular in the South
- 179 people have died in Los Angeles County alone since 2000 because of street racing
- In 2019, Dallas police received 4,867 calls related to street racing
- This a spike from 2016 where they fielded 3,252 calls because of racing
Sadly, street racing is often deadly in Dallas. In addition to the 20-year-old man who recently died in a stunt accident, Dallas streets claimed the life of an 8-year-old who was killed when a racer hit the car she was riding in. Then, on Christmas Eve, an off-duty police officer died after he lost control of his vehicle while racing another car. Because of these cases and many others, numerous council members stood up in support of the ordinance in February.
Street Racing Leads to Car Wrecks
As we’ve discussed today, street racing is dangerous and often leads to car wrecks. While many enjoy the sport and do so safely, others make catastrophic mistakes that result in loss of life. As Dallas makes steps to curtail the problem, some have proposed designating a specific area where drivers can gather. Still, others question how the ordinance (if passed) would be enforced. While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the proposal, it is clear the city has a problem and is trying to do something about it.
Across the nation, other cities have introduced similar ordinances to tackle accidents and fatalities surrounding racing. San Jose, California now tickets all drag racers up to $1,000 and possible jail time. Cities including San Diego, Sacramento, Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Milwaukee all have ordinances addressing spectators of speed racing, which is another possible consideration here in Dallas. With speed racing spectators in the hundreds at times, this move is only inevitable.
Injuries from Street Racing
While racing in the streets has been around for years and was popularized in the 1950s by “Rebel Without a Cause,” again in the 1970s, and here in the 2000s because of Fast and the Furious, the dangers cannot be ignored. Some of the most common injuries following street racing accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Burn injuries
- Broken limbs
- Chest and face injuries
If you were injured in a street racing accident or lost a loved one because of another person’s recklessness, contact Shamieh Law today. Our Dallas car wreck lawyers understand what you are going through and will do everything we can to represent you. We want to hear your case today. We are keeping a close watch on how this story develops and will update you if the police department’s proposal is approved.