The University of California at Riverside is legalizing street racing.
Prompted by the Facebook group "Bored UCR Commuters," many students
race each other along I-215 to see who can be the fastest commuter. The
contest extends to the parking lot; according to some students, it can
take almost as long to find a parking space as it did to drive to campus.
Specific program rules have not been announced, but the Student Recreation
Center has been authorized to make
commuter racing an official intramural sport.
UCR athletic director Janice Lewis stated that "while individuals
may get a speeding ticket or two, maybe even the occasional car wreck,
the friendships and camaraderie that our commuters will experience is
Of course, the above is just a student newspaper April Fools Joke. But
if it had been true, Ms. Lewis and other UCR directors could have faced
punishment under California Vehicle Code Section
23109. Section (c) prohibits any person from aiding and abetting in a contest
of speed on any public highway. A "contest of speed" is defined
as a race against a clock, timing device or another vehicle. The maximum
available punishment is rather stiff, and includes:
Each of these elements increases with the number of prior convictions;
for a second or subsequent offense, a driver may be fined up to $1000
(plus penalty assessments), incarcerated up to six months and face license
suspension of up to six months. The penalties are even more severe if
serious bodily injury is involved.
In Tulare County, the best approach to a racing ticket is to get it reduced
to a simple speeding ticket. If a motorist is willing to admit to speeding,
many prosecutors will abandon the racing element, because street racing
can be hard to prove in court.