The Fast and the Furious movie franchise has achieved a level of popularity that I’m sure far exceeds the expectations of anyone involved in the making of these movies. The producers of these films may have suspected they would make a sequel, but I doubt it ever occurred to them that seven of these films would be made over the course of 14 years, with an eighth in the series being released in 2017.
Fast cars, competition, drama, suspense, attractive men and women-these films certainly have something to offer a hugely diverse audience. However, there is one common element in each of them, and that is the excitement caused by speed. Of course, this franchise isn’t the first time that the concept of street racing has been massively publicized. It has been a core theme in many Hollywood productions, such as Grease, Death Race 2000, and Cannonball Run, among others.
How dangerous is street racing?
Street racing is by no means a new phenomenon. However, we seem to hear about it a lot more often these days. It is probably impossible to determine whether this is because it is more common, whether accidents resulting from its use are more widely reported, or whether it has simply grown in popularity. Whatever the reason, street racing can be exciting for those who participate in it, but it can often have tragic consequences.
Sometimes these races are organized among friends or acquaintances-a matter of meeting at a certain place and time where there is little traffic and fewer police-but sometimes there seems to be little concern about these matters, and the street racing can be improvised between drivers chasing each other. Not Knowing It can be the result of so little provocation when a driver cranks their engine at a stoplight and a feeling of “machismo” sets in. (Although women are involved in illegal street racing, the drivers at such events are usually men.) That seems to have been the case when, on July 1, 2013, a mother of two from West Delray was the apparent victim of a missed street race because she assumed the drivers didn’t know each other before.
According to reports, the woman was entering a lane shortly before 9:00 am when she hit the passenger door of one of the cars that whizzed past her as she drove in and out of rush hour traffic. After the initial impact, the other driver who was racing plowed into the driver’s side of the woman’s car, killing her instantly. It is estimated that the two drivers who were speeding were traveling at about 100 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Unfortunately, this kind of tragedy does not stand alone. Another such incident occurred in Tamarac late last year, in which a popular 20-year-old woman was killed when the car she was driving hit a palm tree. According to one account, the car was racing a motorcycle when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. After examining the car’s sensors, it is believed that the driver was traveling at 42 mph over the posted speed limit.
An Adrenaline Rush or a Dangerous Hobby?
In general, those involved in this type of activity are mostly young men, but as with everything in life, there are exceptions to that generalization. A 42-year-old man was arrested in Palm Beach County when police broke up a group of about 50 motorcyclists involved in racing. The 42-year-old was the only suspect who could not evade the officers. The charges now being charged against him are: racing on a highway, reckless driving, and not having a driver’s license.
I have already mentioned the excitement many can have from street racing, but the cost can often be devastating. Sometimes it is the racers themselves who suffer the consequences of these actions, but all too often the victims of street racing are not to blame for what happens to them. In both the heartbreaking cases mentioned above, an innocent person lost his life. It’s impossible to say if the second victim I mentioned was an active participant, but it seems clear that the first victim was certainly unaware of what was happening. She was actually just on her way to work when disaster struck.
“All our dreams and happiness are now shattered,” the victim’s mother told a circuit judge in Palm Beach County.
Even though it’s not those who rush through our streets who get hurt or killed, their lives have been ruined too. In this case, the two men involved in this incident were only 22 and 23, one of whom was a student. In the second incident, the driver was a 21-year-old Tamarac man who had plans to join the Marines. One of these promising young men pleaded guilty to vehicular murder and is now serving four years in prison. He will face another four years of probation after his release. If he violates his probation, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
However, the victim’s mother stated: “Whether it’s a day in jail or 50 years in jail, our daughter will never return, but a decent jail sentence could one day be the same driving behaviour as you and/or another person. discourage, and thus save an innocent victim. “
The second driver is charged with reckless driving, manslaughter with a vehicle, manslaughter by culpable negligence and unlawful speed, but the case against him is still pending. He is expected to face trial later this year.
In such cases, those engaged in street racing leading to the death of someone may be charged with vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, or both offenses, as well as other charges. These charges can include both first- and second-degree crimes, with penalties ranging from life imprisonment to the death penalty.
Yes, speeding can be exhilarating, but in addition to the macho attitude of many who do street racing, the lure of this practise also stems from the inherent understanding that it is patently dangerous. Anyone who does street racing certainly realises that there would be no such thing as the risk or rush they are given to do so. This action is much more serious than speeding a few miles because you are late for work. The consequences, both legal and otherwise, are usually much worse than if you speed.
Unfortunately, choosing speed at any level can end in more than just a traffic fine. Life-changing consequences are certainly likely in the event of an accident. Lives are lost, the lives of the victims’ families are forever changed, and the lives of the drivers are irrevocably changed. NASCAR is also pretty famous sport among car racers.