SEMA steps up campaign against illegal racing

SEMA, the trade body that represents America's $27bn specialty automotive industry, is to take the Racers Against Street Racing programme into 'learner driver' education classrooms throughout the USA. A grass-roots enthusiast group that promotes legal alternatives to illegal street racing, RASR has produced documents and videos to assist in its mission to convince newly licensed young drivers to participate in organized events at race circuits

SEMA steps up campaign against illegal racing

"Young drivers today are surrounded by media messages that depict street racing as glamorous and OK," said SEMA president Christopher J. Kersting. "We want to get a head-start on educating new drivers about the dangers of street racing and aggressive driving stunts that put them, and others, at risk of serious injury and death."

Many of America's 'local' tracks are now offering "street-legal racing nights" to young drivers who want to race their cars and come away with the proof of their vehicle's performance and their driving proficiency. In Irwindale, CA, the local police are involved to the extent that they are issuing 'tickets' to offenders that compel them to race at the Irwindale Speedway - at no charge.

The RASR programme, which became sanctioned by SEMA late last year, is directed by Gregg Guenthard.

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