Street Racers Arrested in Georgia Won't Be Able "Bond Out" of Jail
ATLANTA, GA - According to a news report published on 11alive.com, the Atlanta Police Department announced that street racing suspects will no longer be eligible to "bond out" of jail if arrested for street racing.
According to police, this year, there has been an noticeable increase in illegal street racing activities in Atlanta and all across the United States.
According to Sargeant John Chafee, when an individual has been arrested and charged for illegal street racing, they are usually charged with a minor traffic offense and they are allowed to quickly bond out of jail. This creates a public nuisance because the street racers are permitted to go back on the roadways a potentially harm more innocent people.
Sargeant Chafee stated that the current punishments have not been strong enough to deter illegal street racing. He also said that there has been an increase in illegal street racing recently due to fewer vehicles on the road. As a result, police acorss the nation are seeing a spike in dangerous driving behavior including racing, reckless driving, and other dangerous activities.
According to Sargeant Chafee, these activites have lead to accidents outside of the area of the illegal street racing, and accidents with injuries and deaths. Sargeant Chafee said that a lot of accident occur when the organizers of street racing often close down interstates. This creates an enormous number of accidents involving unsuspecting drivers. A lot of people are being rear-ended by uninvolved motorists not having enough time to stop. This has also lead to many pedestrian accidents.
To help discourage illegal street racing, the Atlanta Municipal Court changed its policy and now no longer issues bonds to suspects arrested for street racing. The rule change means the defendant cannot bail out until he or she appears before a judge. Therefore the defendent could end up sitting in jail from 24 to 48 hours. Once the defendant appears before the judge, the judge will decide if bond may be applied and how much the bond will be. This change also hurts the street racer in their wallet as the driver will end up paying about two days of impound fees.
Law enforcement officers are hoping these new deterrents will help prevent people from street racing.
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