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One new California law which goes into effect today is that street racing is now a felony with fines and up to 6 months in jail.
 

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Penalties are severe when injuries result....

Based on the info I found on the DMW web site, the new law for increased penalties only takes effect when there is a specified injury (which means it probably needs to be a significant one) other than to the driver, as a result of a speed contest.

Here's a copy/pasted summary of this new law from the DMV web site:


Reckless Driving/Racing

Increases penalties for first conviction of reckless driving or engaging in a speed contest resulting in specified injuries to a person other than the driver.

First-offenders would be subject to confinement in state prison or county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than 6 months, or by a fine of not less than $220 (reckless driving) or $500 (speed contest) nor more than $1000. The specified injuries which would incur these sentences are; loss of consciousness, concussion, bone fracture, protracted loss or impairment of function of a bodily member or organ, wound requiring extensive suturing, serious disfigurement, brain injury, and/or paralysis.


California DMV Web Site Link:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/leg/leginfo_dl.htm
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/newsrel/newsrel06/2006-42.htm

As auto companies are selling more and more extremely powerful cars, we can expect ever increasing penalties for this kind of very dangerous activity.
 
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