Even though street racing isn’t a purely juvenile-related problem, it does have a tendency to be an offense committed by kids, so we’re addressing the issue in this juvenile blog.
What is Street Racing?
Street racing—also referred to as a speed contest or exhibition—is not allowed on any Utah highway. The law specifically states that a person may not:
• Engage in any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition of speed on a highway or
• Do anything that furthers such a contest or exhibition
Penalties for Street Racing
Also, you’re not allowed to obstruct or put barricades on a highway for the purpose of speed racing. If you choose to participate in speed racing, you may be considered guilty of a class B misdemeanor and can be punished by up to six months in jail and fines. Additionally, you will have a mandatory suspension of your driver’s license. The rules for that punishment are:
• 60-day suspension for your first offense
• 90-day suspension for your second offense if it occurs within three years of a prior offense
A street racing offense comes with a hefty $300 fine, too, which makes it an expensive way to show off your car’s capabilities.
Keep in mind that other laws may apply to a street racing escapade as well. A juvenile might be charged with reckless driving or a number of other traffic violations. If anyone receives a physical injury, there will also be culpability for that situation.
Remind your kids that street racing isn’t allowed and can be extremely dangerous. Let them know of the possible consequences and encourage them to avoid street racing adventures.
If your child has made a mistake and is in a legal bind, don’t hesitate to contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney. Kids, like adults, don’t always think before they act but deserve the opportunity to make amends for poor decisions. Help your child by talking to a Utah juvenile defense attorney today.