- Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A new law in Alabama will penalize those who watch illegal drag races in addition to punishing the drivers.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/1JFsxnz ) the new law effective June 3 can result in $500 fines for anyone caught watching the races. Previously, they faced no punishment.

“One of the things that encourages drag racers is the crowds of people who come out to observe the races,” state Rep. A.J. McCampbell, a Democrat from Demopolis who co-sponsored the legislation, said in a statement. “We realized that if we really want to stop this activity, those spectators also need to face some type of penalty.”

A first-time offender convicted of drag racing will have their driver’s license suspended for up to six months, face a $500 fine and 30 days of probation. Repeat offenses carry a one-year suspension of a driver’s license, a maximum $6,000 fine and a year of probation.

Under the old law, a first-time driver convicted of illegal racing was sentenced up to 90 days in jail or fined $500. Repeat offenders were banned from driving on public highways for up to six months.



State lawmakers adopted the new penalties in a unanimous vote.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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