Do you like drag-racing on the freeway? And even if you don’t personally drive during drag-races, do you like watching drag-races? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘yes,’ you’re taking on a lot more risk in your life than you realize. Drag-racing might be a thrilling sport, but it’s also an illegal one. An illegal one because it’s dangerous.
Just Say No:
Automotive Experts with the NHRA caution that, “Dangerous illegal street racing is on the rise across the country. That is the reason so many cities and states consider street racing an epidemic, and are taking a hard-line against it. If you’re caught street racing, you could face penalties. Even if you’re caught just watching an illegal street race, you are subject to stiff penalties for aiding and abetting street racing.” Here are a few terrible consequences of getting involved in drag-racing:
I. Someone Could Get Hurt:
Street races aren’t officiated. There are no ambulances or first responders to help in case a collision happens. This makes them extremely dangerous to participate in.
II. You Could Get Arrested:
Street racing isn’t just frowned upon. It’s against the law. Anyone apprehended at a street race will either face charges linked to illegally operating a vehicle, or aiding and abetting criminal activity.
III. Your Vehicle Could Be Impounded:
Getting caught street racing doesn’t just result in a slap on the wrist. Vehicles get impounded in the process. And it’s a nightmare trying to get them back.
IV. Drag-Racers Get their Licenses Revoked:
Depending on what happens during a street race one arrests are made, drivers who drag-race could end up having their licenses revoked when facing charges.
V. Having Drag-Racing on Your Criminal Record Impacts Insurance Rates:
Even if a driver manages to make it out of being fined and arrested for drag-racing in one piece, being arrested for street racing immediately classifies them as a high-risk customer in the insurance industry. That means having to pay much higher rates in order to get coverage.
Drag-racing is an activity that’s glamorized a lot in Hollywood movies. But the reality of drag-racing is far from what anybody sees on the silver screen. Not only is drag-racing illegal, it’s also dangerous. No matter how much you might enjoy the thrill of gambling, or how exciting it feels to see people race their cars, one of the best decisions you can make as a driver is to avoid drag-racing all together. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!