Two new Texas laws aimed at cracking down on street racing

Increased punishments take street racing from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor

SAN ANTONIO – 666 new laws went into effect Wednesday in Texas, two of which are aimed at pumping the brakes on street racing, racing take over events, and reckless driving.

House Bill 2315 and Senate Bill 1495 are increasing punishments for racers, spectators, and those involved in take over events for racers and will allow law enforcement to confiscate cars in certain cases.

The increased punishments take street racing from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor and in some cases a state jail felony.

If charged with a state felony, a person could be fined up to $4,000 and could spend up to a year in jail. Those who are driving recklessly, such as doing doughnuts and burnouts can also be fined.

The laws now say cars can also be confiscated if the driver is a repeat offender, intoxicated, has an open container, and if the driver causes injury or death to a person.

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John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.