Harsher Penalties Now on the Books for Street Racing as Gov. Lee Signs New Bill into Law

The offense is now considered a Class E felony and punishable by up to six years in prison. (Courtesy: WVLT)

Harsher Penalties Now on the Books for Street Racing as Gov. Lee Signs New Bill into Law

Nashville, TN (WOKI) Harsher penalties are coming for those convicted of illegal street racing.

Governor Bill Lee signed an illegal street racing bill into law this week raising the penalty for engaging in the illegal activity from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony, accompanied by a fine of $3,000.

In addition, the bill ups the prison time for someone convicted of the crime from one year to a maximum of six years.

This comes after several incidents of drag racing in several cities throughout the state, including in Knoxville; some of those incidents lead to crashes resulting in death.

The new law goes into effect July 1st.

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