Houston – Cars speeding down a freeway, doing burnouts and donuts in parking lots. It’s all part of Houston’s dangerous phenomena of street racing. Dozens of cars or motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic can be a hassle or a nuisance, and it also puts innocent drivers and families at risk.
There’s been at least three deaths connected to street racing in Harris County in the last three months.
Here’s a look at some alleged street racing crashes in the Houston-area over the last six months.
Montgomery County doesn’t experience as much street racing as Harris County. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, here is the number of arrests that have been made for people charged with racing in the county going back to 2017:
Street racing punishments
The crime of racing on a highway in the Texas Transportation Code (Section 545.420) can be a misdemeanor if no one is hurt or up to a second degree felony (2 to 20 years in prison) if someone is seriously injured or killed.
Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10pm on KPRC 2
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