Illegal Street Racing
It would seem that the import car scene is becoming one of the largest trends in the automotive industry since the introduction of the assembly line. Nearly every manufacturer of vehicles has a sport compact car in the market. Teenagers and other young adults are customizing and “souping” these cars up for purposes that no car was intended for, illegal street racing. These speed contests on public roads are a danger to anything and everything on the roads, including the driver. The problem is these adolescents think it is fun to and show off their cars and race. They neglect the fact that there are alternatives to illegal street racing, like the drag strip. They also ignore the major consequences involved with the law. But the biggest problem with illegal street racing is the disrespect for public safety because; people are being killed each day by these acts. Illegal street racing is dangerous and should not be tolerated on any public roads where innocent people can be harmed. There is no doubt the sport compact car scene is a big phenomena. Teens are showing off their cars at shows everywhere. However, after the show, they are taking these cars to the street for some late night racing. Of course street racing has been around ever since the introduction of the internal-combustion engine. But the races of today are nothing like they were years earlier. State Patrol Sergeant D.J. Brown admits to being a street racer in the 1970s and says: “Teens could drink a few beers, race souped-up cars on deserted, dead-end rural roads and eventually they would be shooed home around 2 a.m. by tolerant police officers (qtd. in Wheeler)." Now the scene is very different. Most of this is blamed on a movie titled “The Fast and the Furious” which models its characters in the movie after street racers. People are drawn in by thrills they see in the movie and acting it out on public roads. As to most situations, there are alternatives to illegal speed contest....
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