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Street Racing

The Facts:

  • In 2004, speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes and 13,192 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. (NHTSA – nhtsa.dot.gov “Traffic Safety Facts – Speeding” 2004)
  • That same year, 38% of male drivers age 15 to 20 involved in fatal crashes were speeding. (Ibid.)
  • A 2005 study by the Allstate Foundation found speeding causes nearly half of all teen-driving fatalities.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people 16-20 (NTSA) and, in far too many cases, youth + speed = a lethal combination. That’s especially true when street racing is involved.

Communities all over are cracking down and putting the brakes on illegal, often deadly, street racing. Law enforcement officials are even monitoring web sites where racers announce upcoming races and post race videos. The consequences of getting caught can be severe, and now often extend to spectators and anyone who aids or abets a street race. The penalties may include:

  • Arrest and jail time.
  • Vehicle impound or destruction.
  • Insurance cancellation.
  • Monetary fines.

In California, where nearly 8,000 drivers were charged with street racing in 2005 (a nine percent increase over the previous year), state legislators unanimously passed a 2006 bill providing the option to convert street racing from a misdemeanor to a felony offense.

So where do you go if you want some honest competition, but you don’t want to risk losing your driver’s license or something worse?

Showdown is an exciting alternative for testing your machine and your driving skills. The demands are the same as on the street or at the strip. If your car is competitive and you drive better than your opponent, you win. You have to cut the lights and hit all the gears. It’s great practice for your hole shot. You receive an accurate read-out of all your reaction times, E.T. and speed. It’s also a great way to get tuned up and ready for a weekend at the drags…and no tickets !


 
 
 
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