Street Racing Believed to be the Cause of Recent Fatalities in La Puente
Some popular films – like “The Fast and the Furious” movie series – glorify street racing, but the reality is that the end result is not so pretty. Street racing may sound exciting and glamorous, but it can lead to accidents and property damage. You may have your car or your license taken away. It can cost you speeding tickets, fines and even your own life – or the life of someone else. This recently happened in Southern California when the driver of a speeding car lost control and rear-ended a parked pickup truck, killing two people and causing serious injuries to a third victim.
The fatal accident happened in the early morning hours of April 5. Three occupants were inside a 2000 Chevy Malibu when the 26-year-old driver lost control and hit a Ford pickup. The driver and a 19-year-old occupant were killed in the crash. The other occupant – a 23-year-old woman – was injured and taken to a local hospital. It is believed that the car was racing another sedan.
What exactly is street racing? It’s an illegal activity that occurs on public roads. Two or more vehicles – typically high-powered muscle cars – get together and race down long stretches of roadway. These races typically occur in the early morning hours, when very few cars are out. They may happen spontaneously or may be coordinated in advance.
There are several reasons why motorists are motivated to race others. They may want to show off their car’s performance. They may feel the need for speed, but have no local outlet, like a racetrack, to race. Because street racing is illegal, it’s more exciting for spectators. In addition, there are likely many people in a central area who enjoy street racing, and this brings about social interaction. Participants may also use racing as a way to settle a dispute.
The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that in 2001, 135 people in the United States were killed in crashes caused by street races. This may seem like an insignificant number, but it was cause for concern considering that in the prior year, there were only 72 fatalities, meaning that the number had almost doubled.
Street racing is considered an epidemic in Southern California and South Florida. In San Diego in 2001, there were 16 fatalities caused by street racing. Nationwide, statistics show that for every 1,000 people who participate in street racing, 49 people are injured.
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