The Number of Deadly Street Racing Accidents Spike in NYC and Cities Throughout the U.S.
New York City – A news report posted on spectrumlocalnews.com states that illegal street drag racing has exploded in popularity throughout the United States. It is believed that the reason for the surge in illegal Street racing is due to the coronavirus pandemic. At first, law enforcement believes that as people return to work, these activities would discontinue. However, the number of fatal accidents caused by illegal street racing has only continued to rise.
Four U.S. states, in particular, have seen the most significant upticks in illegal street racing. Those states include New York, Georgia, New Mexico, and Oregon. Many of these illegal straight racers have injured or killed innocent motorists who have the unfortunate luck of sharing the road with these irresponsible and negligent drivers.
Safety experts believe that TV shows and movies glorify street racing raised interest in illegal street racing over the past several years. Other safety experts believe that due to the isolation caused by the coronavirus, people have a real need to socialize and make human connections. And this is caused people to venture into their passions and hobbies, which include high-performance motor vehicles.
In New York City alone, the NYPD received Over 1,000 Illegal St. racing complaints over a six-month period last year. That accounted for a “fivefold increase” over the same time period in 2019. some New York lawmakers have introduced new bills that would authorize New York City to use their existing speed cameras on weekends and overnight in areas that are deemed hotspots for illegal street racing. The Senate Transportation Committee recently approved the bill with a unanimous vote. The next step is a New York Senate floor vote on the bill.
Illegal street racing in New York City is blamed for numerous high-speed motor vehicle collisions with other cars and even pedestrians. In many of those cases, innocent people tragically lost their lives. Until State and city officials and law enforcement devise strategies to combat illegals street racing, this deadly and disturbing behavior will continue in the years to come.
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