Robinson: Senate Acts to Put the Brakes on Street Racing

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would increase penalties on illegal street racing was approved today by the Senate, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).

“This legislation is crucial to reduce instances of dangerous street racing which often results in crashes, or even deaths,” Robinson said. “Our streets are not part of a movie set. It’s time to put effective incentives in place for those who participate in these extremely harmful stunts.”

Senate Bill 998 – also known as the “Putting the Brakes on Street Racing” legislation – proposes significant penalties for street racing offenses. It would increase fines for first offenses to $500 and imposing fines of $2,000 for second and subsequent infractions, along with impoundment orders for vehicles used in the offense. The bill also holds event organizers accountable, recognizing their role in facilitating such activities. Penalties include fines, suspension of driving privileges, classification as habitual offenders, impoundment of vehicles and potential imprisonment.

Additionally, the bill would impose penalties for drifting on highways or trafficways and for organizing street racing or drifting events. Drifting is a driving technique that involves steering a car to make a controlled skid sideways through a turn.

The bill is part of the Senate Republican effort to improve community safety across Pennsylvania. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Kevin Battle

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