Metro Atlanta city passes ordinance cracking down on illegal street racing

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Another metro Atlanta city is cracking down on illegal street racing that is putting lives in danger.

The Norcross City Council passed an ordinance Monday. It aims to stop reckless driving.

Under the law, organizers, drivers and spectators could face fines up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Police can also impound vehicles.


Other cities have passed similar measures.

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation setting penalties for people standing around while drivers street race.

As bystander, you could be fined at least $1,000 or go to jail up to 6 months.

“According to the legislation, violations will be punished by a minimum fine of $1,000 and court costs or imprisonment for not more than six months, or by any one or more of these punishments subject to all limitations contained in the charter of the city or applicable state law,” the city council said in a news release.

Much of the street racing and tire-burning are inspired by social media bragging and boredom among young people.

In a joint effort by multiple law enforcement agencies, they were able to crack down on street racing earlier this year arresting dozens of people.