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State Bill to Address Vehicle Racing on Neighborhood Streets

Does your neighborhood sound like the Indy 500 on a Friday night?

Many residents express growing concern over excessive vehicle noise and car racing on residential streets.

Since the COVID-19 lockdowns, an uptick in racing, street takeovers, burnouts, sideshows, and modified vehicle exhaust systems have caused College Park and many local communities to scramble to address this.

The excessive loud noise from these speeding cars has been a quality of life, health and safety issues.

Penalties for these racing are not good enough to deter such racing.

Thankfully, Del. Mary Lehman is introducing a bill on Thursday to raise the fines and points received for those arrested for vehicle racing (including motorcycles) and exhibitions.
HB102 – Vehicle Laws – Race and Speed Contests – Penalties

The hearing is on Thursday, January 20 at 1:00 pm in the Environment and Transportation Committee. Submitting testimony and signing up as witnesses will happen tomorrow. Below is the link for signing up to speak. You must do so between 8 am – 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/pubs-current/current-ent-faqs.pdf

If you do not want to speak, please email Del. Lehman at: Mary.Lehman@house.state.md.us

If you have further questions, you may also email her office.

Below is the bill itself: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/hb/hb0102F.pdf

There is an amendment that will be presented with the bill attached to this email..

The bill changes the penalties for participating in speed contests and exhibitions.

The bill will:

  • The points will increase to 8 for participating, 12 if someone is seriously hurt.
  • The participant’s car will be impounded.
  • The fine will be raised to $1,000.

Update [1/18/2022]: College Park City Council approved a letter of support for this bill at last night’s City Council meeting.

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1 Comment to “State Bill to Address Vehicle Racing on Neighborhood Streets”

  1. By Mary A Hartnett, January 20, 2022 @ 11:21 am

    Long over due. We need to take back the safe operation of our roads.