Deputies net 10 arrests in street racing intiative

August 22, 2011 3:40:49 PM PDT
Authorities say nearly a dozen people were arrested during a street racing intiative conducted in parts of Harris County over the weekend.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office targeted the areas near Westheimer and Highway 6 and along the Katy Freeway from Highway 6 to the Fort Bend County Line after it received several complaints from residents and tracked street racing-related accidents in those areas.

The effort resulted in the arrests of 10 people on charges ranging from street racing to DWI. In addition, 22 citations were issued for a total of 41 different traffic violations.

Street racing is a class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail, as well as license suspension. Repeat offenders can be charged with a second-degree felony and punished to two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

In street racing, passengers and spectators can also be punished.

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