H523: Amend Street Racing Penalties. Latest Version



AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR STREET RACING.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  G.S. 20‑141.3 reads as rewritten:

§ 20‑141.3.  Unlawful racing on streets and highways.

(a)        It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway willfully in prearranged speed competition with another motor vehicle. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 Class A1 misdemeanor.

(b)        It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway willfully in speed competition with another motor vehicle. Any person willfully violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 2 Class 1 misdemeanor.

(c)        It shall be unlawful for any person to authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned by him or under his control to be operated on a public street, highway, or thoroughfare in prearranged speed competition with another motor vehicle, or to place or receive any bet, wager, or other thing of value from the outcome of any prearranged speed competition on any public street, highway, or thoroughfare. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 Class A1 misdemeanor.

(d)       The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall revoke the driver's license or privilege to drive of every person convicted of violating the provisions of subsection (a) or subsection (c) of this section, said revocation to be for three years; provided any person whose license has been revoked under this section may apply for a new license after 18 months two years from revocation. Upon filing of such application the Division may issue a new license upon satisfactory proof that the former licensee has been of good behavior for the past 18 months two years and that his conduct and attitude are such as to entitle him to favorable consideration and upon such terms and conditions which the Division may see fit to impose for the balance of the three‑year revocation period, which period shall be computed from the date of the original revocation.

(e)        The Commissioner may shall suspend the driver's license or privilege to drive of every person convicted of violating the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. Such suspension shall be for a period of time within the discretion of the Commissioner, but not to exceed one year.

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SECTION 2.  This act becomes effective December 1, 2021, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.