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Maybe racing cars have been too readily available for anyone that unfortunate events involved with illegal street racing have also become rampant due to reckless and irresponsible race car drivers. Racing is not a bad thing, actually. In fact, it’s one of the most exciting and thrilling sports of all time. The problem comes when there is no discipline among its practitioners. What do kids of 16 know about racing rules when all they ever want to be is to become a racing hall of famer – the faster you drive, the better – mentality. What they see on tv reinforces this belief anyway. There are no rules involved when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker hit it off against each other in “The Fast and the Furious”, so why should teenagers care when the adults themselves don’t? What they don’t see in this movie are the innocent victims getting killed by this kind of uncontrolled activity. They only see good guys who have a passion for cobra cars and v8 supercars, sadly.
Racing becomes a negative issue when it is done in the “streets”. Anybody, even someone without experience and discipline, can just get into his car and drive off – on the same streets innocent drivers use for transportation. So what can be expected from this? Isn’t it a basic rule never to race in a busy road? Professional racing provides a particular area for their racers, uninhabited and clear to prevent casualties. All the same, every racer should make sure that their area is clear before pushing through any racing event.
Street racing is defined as an unsanctioned motor racing held on public roads. This may either be unplanned a.k.a. spontaneous, or coordinated. Participants and coordinators alike make use of gadgets like a two-way radio, police scanners, and GPS systems to track police hot spots, thereby avoiding detection. Racing cars used in these events range from ordinary business cars to luxury sports cars equally. Even iconic supercars like the daytona cobra are utilized for street racing nowadays.
There are three basic types of street racing: drag racing, touge racing a.k.a. drifting, and cannonball runs. Drag racing involves two or more competitors who drive off in a straight line for a particular distance. Touge or drifting entails racing on a mountain pass, where cars head off one at a time in a chase system. Cannonball runs, on the other hand, involves driving in race circuits or point-to-point road assemblies. Among the three, only drag racing and drifting remain popular today due to the extremely high danger level of cannonball runs, where a number of pedestrian casualties are almost always affected.
Indefinitely, street racing may go on for many more years to come. Despite the government’s effort to illegalize this kind of activity, adventurous car racing fanatics will always find a way to carry out their dreams and ambitions of becoming real-life racers. The burden, then, lies heavily on the public’s hands to do their best in preventing casualties by not participating, even as bystanders, on the said events. Since no one can put a stop to it, might as well just avoid it.
write by Wilfred