Stricter punishments for drag racers, spectators

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - A bill supported unanimously in the House and Senate puts new punishments in place for anyone involved with illegal drag racing.

A first-time offender can have their driver's license suspended for up to six months, in addition to $500 in fines and 30 days of probation. Second offenses lead to a one-year license suspension, a year of probation and up to $6,000 in fines.

Cars at illegal drag races will be impounded.

A new aspect involves those just caught watching: spectators can be fined up to $500.

"Even though you think you're not involved in some way, but you're there encouraging folks so to some degree, you are involved," said State Troopers spokesman Curtis Summerville.

The bill went into effect June 3, and was co-sponsored by Rep. AJ McCampbell of Demopolis and Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro.