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Is Drag Racing Illegal in Tennessee?

While it’s fun to watch in a controlled professional setting, drag racing can be hazardous especially on residential roads. As of July 1, 2021, though, a new law took effect in hopes of cracking down on those who choose to drag race illegally.

What is Considered Drag Racing?

Drag racing is when two or more drivers compete with each other to see who can go the fastest down a stretch of road. While there have always been laws for the road regarding speeding and passing other vehicles, specific laws regarding drag racing were not formed until the 1950s or ’60s when drag racing became popular in many states. Movies such as The Fast and the Furious series have only popularized this activity, making it even more urgent for updated laws to be enacted.

In Tennessee, drag racing is defined as:

  • Using a motor vehicle to assert the maximum speed;
  • Using a motor vehicle to assert the maximum speed for a certain distance or time limit;
  • Using one or more motor vehicles to compare similar speeds within a certain distance or time limit; and,
  • Using a motor vehicle as part of a challenge in asserting the maximum speed.

Drag Racing Legislation

Before July 1, 2021, drag racing was considered a Class B misdemeanor in Tennessee. This meant that if someone was caught drag racing they would face a fine of up to $500 and potentially six months in jail.

In December 2020, State Senator Brian Kelsey filed what was later Senate Bill 14 which proposed making drag racing a Class A misdemeanor instead. After passing both the Senate and the House, Governor Bill Lee signed the bill into law.

Now as a Class A misdemeanor, drag racing can lead to a punishment of up to nearly a year (11 months and 29 days) in jail and a $2,500 fine.

When to Contact Meade Law Group

If you were in a drag racing incident or were at a drag race and became injured, you have the right to be fairly compensated for your losses as well as pain and suffering. At Meade Law Group, we’ve helped thousands who were injured receive compensation to aid their recovery and recovered millions of dollars for our clients. When you need help the most, contact our office right away at (423) 464-7779.