Alabama Now Has Penalties for Drag Racers

A new law in Alabama is targeting both rural drag racers and observers. Governor Robert Bentley last month signed the new law stiffening the penalties for the offense. Anyone convicted of drag racing on a public road will lose their driver's license for up to six months for a first offense. Repeat offenders could face longer suspensions, a $6,000 fine and a year of probation. Bystanders will face $500 fines. Previously, those who just watched drag races faced no penalties. State Representative A.J. McCampbell, a bill co-sponsor, said the state needs to penalize onlookers since they help encourage the illegal races.


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