Atlanta Street Racing Spectators Could Receive Stiff Penalties

Amanda Cooper
August 04, 2020 - 4:33 pm

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Large gatherings for street drag racing have caused local lawmakers to set penalties to help curb the illegal activity. 

On Monday, The Atlanta City Council approved legislation setting penalties for people standing around while drivers street race. As a bystander, you could be fined at least $1,000 or go to jail for up to 6 months.

In a news release, the city council said,

“According to the legislation, violations will be punished by a minimum fine of $1,000 and court costs or imprisonment for not more than six months, or by anyone or more of these punishments subject to all limitations contained in the charter of the city or applicable state law.” 

Officers recently broke up a crowd of at least 100 cars that were blocking the area around Peachtree Street and I-85 early Sunday morning. Two people were arrested, and others were handed citations.