RACING ON HIGHWAYS IN FLORIDA
The offense of racing on highways, or ‘street racing,’ is defined in section 316. 191 , Florida statutes. Broadly speaking, ‘racing’ can include four categories of conduct:
racing, competitions, and exhibitions– driving any vehicle (including motorcycles) in any race, speed competition, speed contest, drag race, acceleration contest, speed exhibition, acceleration exhibition, or speed record;
coordination and facilitation– participating in, coordinating, facilitating, or collecting moneys at any location for any race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition;
passenger participation– knowingly riding as a passenger in a race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition; and.
Where the offense arises from a defendant driving, Florida’s ‘racing on highways’ statute cannot be applied unless vehicles are competing with each other. Reaves v. State , 979 so. 2d 1066, 1072 (fla. 1st dca 2008).
Racing on highways as a first degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to 1 year in jail. In addition to possible incarceration, a plea to the charge of street racing will have the following consequences:
fines– for a first offense, there is a minimum $500 fine and maximum fine of up to $1,000. For a second offense, the minimum fine increases to $1,000, with a maximum fine of $3,000;
driver’s license revocation– under section 316. 191(3)(a), Florida statutes, the department of highway safety and motor vehicles must revoke an offender’s driving privileges for a minimum period of one year upon conviction, even if adjudication is withheld. For subsequent offenses, the revocation period can increase to four years (for a third offense);.
No. As used in Florida’s racing on highways statute, the term “conviction” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. Thus, even if you negotiate with the prosecutor for a withhold of adjudication of guilt, you are still considered “convicted” and will suffer the same consequences as a person who is formally adjudicated guilty of the offense.
Unspoken Rules of Street Racing
Unspoken rules of racing include a simple, yet effective way of communication between two parties. They communicate with lights. The theory goes that if you want to race the other driver, you flash your lights five or six times. If he or she flashes too, the race is on. On the other hand, if the other driver hits the brakes and you see brake lights, then you are out of luck. That other driver just declined your invitation for racing. This is only one example of communication using lights on your car. As this information usually travels from mouth-to-mouth, you are far more likely to learn about all of them at late night illegal street racing meets than on the internet.
Street racing is illegal. Like, “you could go to jail” illegal. So, everything i have just said you have to take with a massive grain of salt. Heck, even writing this, I felt like i was doing a bad thing. If you must do this sort of thing than you’ll better know these unspoken rules of street racing. As this is an entirely illegal activity, i have to tell you – don’t do it!
go to the track or to the drag strip. Or whatever. It is not as exciting, granted, but it may cost you less.
We do not approve, promote, or encourage illegal street racing at any level. Street racing, however, does happen. A lot. Here i am to tell you about the unspoken rules of street racing that should, at least, make you and anyone involved a tad safer. This list of unspoken rules, should also teach you a thing or two about street racing that you may have missed during your illegal racing forays “down in Mexico. “.
Highway And Light-to-light Racing Basically Ends When You Hit a Jam Or a Traffic Light
Apart from organized early morning illegal street racing, you are far more likely to have a go with the random street racer from lights to lights, or on the highway. You can start when the lights change or give a signal for a start by honking your horn three times. If you have never experienced illegal street racing on the highway, search youtube: you’ll unfortunately find plenty of content. The thing with the illegal street racing on public roads is the fact that it is tiresome, and not exactly fun. See, the highway racing ends up as soon as you hit a traffic jam (that can happen fast), and racing from light to light, with the super powerful machines of today, feels too short.