2006 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representative Mayhall, Denny, Gunn, Woods
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT DRAG RACING ON PUBLIC ROADS; TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) No person shall drive any vehicle upon the public roads in this state in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed or acceleration, or for the purpose of making a speed record, and no person shall in any manner participate in any such race, speed competition, drag race, test or physical endurance, exhibition, or purpose of making a speed record.
(2) For the purposes of this section "drag race" means the operation of two (2) or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to out distance each other, or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit on the public roads of this state.
(3) For the purposes of this section "racing" means the use of one or more vehicles in an attempt to out gain, out distance, or prevent another vehicle from passing, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long distance driving routes on the public roads of this state.
(4) Any person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned not more than six (6) months, or both.
(5) The prohibitions contained in this section do not apply to events sanctioned by local governing authorities.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.