Effects of street racing and efforts to deter the sub-culture

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You pull up to the red light; all you can hear are the sounds of loud exhaust and the deafening drone of a bass system. You glance to your right and sitting next to you is a kid just like yourself, sitting low to the ground in his "customized" little import car. You feel your palms start to sweat as you slowly let your foot off the clutch. The smell of burnt rubber becomes apparent as you begin to max out each and every gear now doing almost double the speed limit. This is the rush that young and old alike look for in street racing. Some call it a hobby, some call it a sport, and some call it an illegal activity. However whether you like it or not since before any of us were born, street racing has been a culture. A culture that despite heavy police intervention doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

"There is kind of an adrenaline rush that you know your fast, but who is faster than you" This was the response when JJ a street racer in Dallas was interviewed for an article on the culture of street racing (culture). It's not just a past time that attracts young racers, according to people in the scene, street racing attracts men in they're 20's and 30's, who sometimes bring girlfriends, wives, and children (culture). In big cities such as San Diego hundreds and thousands of people gather in huge crowds and caravans to watch modified streetcars strut they're stuff. They roam in caravans, looking for places to race away from cars, most definitely away from police. They usually travel in "crews" which are a group of 15 people or more who usually gather to race other "crews"(culture). These crews are dubbed...