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May 24, 2013

3 drivers face charges for highway racing

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State police are still conducting an investigation into the incident but according to Puopolo, the actions of the three fall into what he called spontaneous racing, as opposed to coordinated races which involve spotters with cell phones, blockers, racers and passengers filming the races for social media sites.

As an example of spontaneous racing, Puopolo said motorists looking to race will pull up to another vehicle to see if the other driver is willing. If both parties agree, the two begin traveling down the highway at terrifying speeds, jerking around slower vehicles until the race is over.

Unsuspecting motorists are often caught fully unprepared for the sight of two cars barreling towards them, opening the door to a potentially deadly collision.

“As these cars move around you, you don’t know what to do,” Puopolo said.

The best advice for motorists caught in the middle of these races, according to Puopolo, is to drive normally. Call police but avoid the temptation to speed up in an attempt to track down their license plate or stop them.

“If you do something jerky (change lanes quickly) or aggressive, they’re not expecting that,” Puopolo said.

In an effort to combat both spontaneous and coordinated racing, state police are conducting coordinated initiatives to bust racing rings and taking steps to educate the public about the dangers and penalties associated with the actions. Puopolo said the cars of choice for coordinated racers are mechanically altered Honda sedans and other imports. But spontaneous racers can be driving just about anything, he added.

 

 

 

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