The crime of “Speed Contest” is considered a misdemeanor by California vehicle code. A speed contest includes a motor vehicle racing against another vehicle, or a clock. Furthermore, spectators and those involved in blocking traffic for the purpose of a speed contest can be found guilty too.
A first violation of speed contest is punishable by one to 90 days in jail and / or a fine of $355 to $1000 plus a penalty assessment. 40 hours of community service may also be required, as well as the loss of one’s driver license for anywhere from 90 days to 6 months. If the speed contest results in a physical injury, then the jail time is increased to a minimum of 30 days and a maximum 6 months, and the minimum fine is increased to $500 plus a penalty assessment.
A second speed contest violation within 5 years of another one brings the minimum jail time to four days and the minimum fine to $500 plus a penalty assessment.
In addition to the fines and jail time, being found guilty of a speed contest violation may result in the impounding of the vehicle used in the speed contest for up to for up to 30 days, at the expense of the driver.
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