Illegal street racing occurs when two or more cars compete for speed on public roads or private roads accessible by the public. Speed races are also called “speed contests” and “drag races.” Severe penalties are associated with illegal.
Street racing in Baltimore often involves the use of illegally-modified vehicles. Contestants modify vehicles to increase speed and acceleration. Drivers often lose control of these vehicles as most street racers do not have racing experience. Illegal racing escalates the risk of a crash that affects bystanders, pedestrians, other drivers, and their passengers. When drivers crash, they also tend to cause significant property damage.
Who is Responsible for Street Racing?
In Baltimore, street racing involves more than just drivers. There are people who organize street races and invite spectators. Anyone caught participating in street racing as a driver, spectator, or organizer may face criminal charges. In cases involving personal injury and/or property damage, participants may also be held liable for civil damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
What are the Penalties for Street Racing in Maryland?
The state of Maryland has seen tragic incidents of drag racing which resulted in death and serious injury. Due to these incidents, the state has fortified penalties for drag racing in Baltimore.
The consequences of street racing may include:
- Being placed under arrest
- Vehicle impoundment
- Criminal fines of up to $500
- The suspension of your driver’s license
- Jail time and/or probation
Anyone convicted of street racing in Maryland may face jail time or probation for a maximum of 60 days, even if no one was hurt. If a person does sustain serious bodily injuries as a result of street racing, the maximum period of incarceration extends to a full year, and the fine increases to $1,000.
Defending Street Racing Charges
Street racing is a serious traffic violation that can affect your driving privileges. Baltimore traffic violations attorney Hillel Traub focuses on helping Baltimore residents resolve traffic violations and offenses. He has over 25 years of experience and has served as the former Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration. Trust our team to resolve your street racing case by calling us at 410-580-1100 for a free consultation.