Street Racing

When someone is driving in a way that puts others at risk, they may be driving recklessly. Driving at very high speeds can be very dangerous and injure those in the vehicle and those surrounding the vehicle.

Under the Utah Code §41-6a-606, a person may not engage in any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition of speed on a highway, or aid or abet in any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition on any highway.

A person is also prohibited from obstructing or placing any barricade or assist in placing any barricade or obstruction upon any highway in order to engage in motor vehicle speed contest.


Street Racing Attorney in Salt Lake City

If you or a loved one is facing traffic or street racing charges in Salt Lake City, Utah or the surrounding areas, it is important to speak with the lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP as soon as possible.

No matter the legal problem you may face in Utah, contact Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP to discuss your case with our experienced criminal defense attorneys today. We will protect your rights and explore the best course of action to get you a positive resolution of your case.

Call Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today.


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Street Racing Penalties

  Those who are found guilty of engaging in street racing will face Class C criminal misdemeanor charges. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by:

  • imprisonment of no more than 90 days, and
  • a fine no more than $750,

A mandatory court appearance is also required for those who engage in a speeding contest. When someone has a speed racing incident placed on their driving record, points will be accessed against their driver’s license which may require a driver to serve a probation or suspension period before legally being able to drive again.  


Utah Reckless Driving

The State of Utah defines reckless driving as the operation of a vehicle in a manner that shows willful or deliberate disregard for the safety of persons or property or committing three or more traffic violations in a series of acts within a single episode of driving in a space of three (3) miles or shorter. 

If convicted of reckless driving, an offender may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of no more than 6 months, and fines of no more than $1,000. Points may also be accessed against the driver’s license which can cause an automatic license suspension.

Some examples of reckless driving in Utah may include but are not limited to the following:

  • driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit;
  • drag racing;
  • running traffic lights;
  • driving too fast for certain conditions such as bad weather, nearby traffic incident;
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • leaving the scene of an accident;
  • fleeing away from a law enforcement officer;
  • failing to yield to pedestrians and other cars; and
  • improper lane changes.

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Severity of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a moving traffic offense and should be taken very seriously. When someone is injured as a result of another person’s speed racing or driving recklessly, the driver will be prosecuted aggressively. If the incident resulted in death, the charges and the penalties will be more severe.

If you are charged with reckless driving in the Salt Lake City, Utah Code §41-6a-528 states that this charge is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a sentence of no more than six months in jail and /or fines of no more than $1,000.


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Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP | Speed Racing | Utah

If you or a loved one is facing speed racing or reckless driving charges in Salt Lake City, UT or surrounding areas it is important to contact the criminal defense lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today. Our attorneys have nearly two decades of experience defending clients in the Salt Lake City and would love to help you with your legal matters.

Law enforcement officers have a lot of discretion in charging an individual with reckless driving and other crimes. Sometimes this discretion is abused and defendants are charged disproportionately. If you believe that this may be the case in your situation or if you want to see the criteria needed for a person to be convicted of a traffic offense in Utah speak with the lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP today.

Our knowledgeable defense attorneys may seek to have your charges reduced, dismissed, or pled out in a plea agreement. We will find the best solution for your particular case and work with you to reach a positive outcome.  Contact Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today.

This page was last updated on May 30, 2017.