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Georgia Senator Introduces Bill to Outlaw Illegal Street Racing AKA Laying Drag


January 20, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - According to a news report published on 11alive.com, Senate Bill 10 has been introduced in the Georgia Senate. Senate Bill 10 was created to combat the increase in illegal drag racing or drivers "laying drag" on city streets and highways.  The number of street racing incidents have skyrocketed in the past several months in Atlanta and cities throughout the United States.

Jaye Mia Sanford was tragically killed in November 2019, only a few blocks from her house, leaving behind her husband and two children.  The fatal accident occurred on Columbia Drive back on November 21, 2020.  According to a DeKalb County Police accident report, Mrs. Sanford was driving home when a car moved into her lane and collided head-on with her car.  

The victim's family maintains the accident was caused by illegal street racing.  The accident report stated that a man from Clayton County was the driver in the motor vehicle that hit Mrs. Stanford's car.  An eyewitness said that they witnessed a white vehicle and a silver Dodge Challenger racing.  The witness also said they saw the Challenger move into the victim's lane and hit her car.  

According to Georgia State Senator Emmanuel Jones, this tragic accident was behind the creation of the bill.  It was written in memory of Jaye Mia Sanford.  If Senate Bill 10 became law, it would become a criminal offense "to promote, advertise, or attend an event where drivers are laying drag, or illegally street racing."  The new bill also requires special license plates for "high-performance" or modified vehicles that have 650 horsepower or more. 

The crime would be charged as a misdemeanor and would be punished with 8 points on a driver's license, fines, and potential jail time.  Illegal street racing or "Laying drag" would be considered "high and aggravated misdemeanors," with a fine of up to $2,500, vehicle seizure and impoundment, at the driver's expense, until the legal case has been resolved. 

Senator Jones stated that lives are being lost, and it is time to give law enforcement the tools they need to protect the community and enforce the law. 

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Source:

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/laying-drag-and-illegal-street-racing-targeted-in-a-bill-introduced-at-the-state-capitol-named-for-dekalb-county-mother-killed-while-driving-home/85-0cc99c10-fa6e-4d95-bbba-9706f48f6d19

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