Senator Jones Bill Approved to Increase Penalty for Street Racing

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Senate Bill 10, first introduced in 2023 by Senator Emanuel Jones, received final passage in March. The bill increases the penalty for reckless driving and knowingly attending street-racing.

Senate Bill 10 now awaits the governor’s signature. The governor has 40 days after the end of session to sign or veto bills.

Increased Penalty for Street Racing

Senator Emanuel Jones of Stockbridge introduced Senate Bill 10 during the 2023 session. The bill has several parts. First, it creates the offense of “knowingly present and actively facilitating” drag racing to be a misdemeanor, punishable by a $250 fine. The bill cites blocking the roadway with one’s vehicle as an example of facilitating drag racing.

Secondly, the bill increases the fines for illegal street racing. They are now as follows:

  • $500–$1,000 for a first offense,
  • $750–$1,500 for a second offense,
  • $2,500–$5,000 for a third offense, and
  • $5,000–$7,500 for a fourth offense.

Repeat offenses are based on convictions within a ten-year period.

Finally, the bill reduces the number of repeat offenses before the state can seize the vehicle as forfeiture. Previously, the state could seize a vehicle upon the owner’s fourth conviction of street racing. The state could now seize a vehicle after the second offense under the bill.

Commenting on the passage of SB 10, Sen. Jones remarked, “I am extremely pleased to witness the successful advancement of this pivotal legislation through both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly. With over three decades of experience in the automotive industry, this measure holds immense significance for me. It represents a crucial step towards combatting illegal drag racing and reckless stunt driving, thus contributing to enhanced road safety for all Georgians. I extend my gratitude to my colleagues in both the Senate and the House for their support in passing this bill, which marks significant progress in Georgia’s ongoing efforts to safeguard our roads.”

The senate approved SB 10 in February 2024 by a vote of 52–2. The house subsequently amended it and approved it in March by a 149–7 vote. The senate agreed to the house amendment before the end of session.

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