Doraville, Brookhaven latest to impose more strict street racing laws

Those participating in street racing or watching the activity in Doraville and Brookhaven may face a hefty fine if caught in the act, following new ordinances passed by city officials this week.

In general, street racing is as an illegal speed contest on public roadways, typically involving more than one vehicle.

Per Doraville’s new ordinance, which was approved Nov. 9, organizers and drivers of street racing events will have a firm fine of $1,000, while spectators and other participants are subjected to a more flexible fine of up to $1,000. Both groups could face up to six months of jail time.

Other participants include anyone who is knowingly present at an illegal street racing event including passengers, those assisting drivers and organizers, and anyone exchanging money or anything of value in relation to the event.

On Nov. 10, Brookhaven officials approved a street racing ordinance that includes a fine of between $500 and $1,000 and/or incarceration for not more than six months, for all involved in or watching street racing. 

The city of Atlanta led the movement among the street racing laws in Georgia, and recently updated to more strict penalties.

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