Fort Worth Makes it a Crime to Watch or Aid Illegal Street Races
While state law prohibits illegal street racing, nothing at the state level makes it a crime to observe it.
On Tuesday, Fort Worth City Council passed law making it illegal to gather to watch street races or allow drivers to use private property for races, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Those who break the new regulation can face a fine of up to $ 500.
The goal is to stop people from gathering for street races. The law also allows officers to use social media videos and security camera footage to identify and punish viewers. Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes believes curbing spectators will result in fewer races:
Before, we were just trying to chase the racers or the participants, but getting the spectators is what really drives this event. If we can contain some of the spectators, we can contain some of these racing events.
The law was passed in response to a number of deaths from illegal street racing over the past year. NBC DFW reports that Fort Worth police have received around 2,500 calls related to road racing or reckless driving stunts in the past 17 months.
A Fort Worth couple were killed last November when they got in the way of two vehicles involved in an illegal road race.
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