Farry’s Bill Putting the Brakes on Street Racing Passes Senate

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would increase penalties on illegal street racing was approved today by the Senate, according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Frank Farry (R-6).

“During the last several years, we have seen illegal street racing events in Philadelphia and the region. These incidents have led to numerous law enforcement officers being struck by vehicles,” Farry said. “These tragic incidents need to stop before more people, including law enforcement officers, are hurt or killed at these events. This bill is part of my effort to combat this evolving crime and improve safety in our communities.”

Senate Bill 998 – also known as the “Putting the Brakes on Street Racing” legislation – proposes significant penalties for street racing offenses. It would increase fines for first offenses to $500 and imposing fines of $2,000 for second and subsequent infractions, along with impoundment orders for vehicles used in the offense. The bill also holds event organizers accountable, recognizing their role in facilitating such activities. Penalties include fines, suspension of driving privileges, classification as habitual offenders, impoundment of vehicles and potential imprisonment for subsequent offenses.

Additionally, the bill would impose penalties for drifting on roadways or parking lots and for organizing street racing or drifting events. Drifting is a driving technique that involves steering a car to make a controlled skid sideways through a turn.

“Public safety is always my main concern and Senate Bill 998 is a critical step toward enhancing road safety and accountability for dangerous driving behaviors,” Sen. Jimmy Dillon (D-5) said, who is also a sponsor of the bill.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Nicole McGerry

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