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Penalty for drag racing increases next month as MPD cracks down

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 21, 2021 5:36 PM CT | Published: June 21, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Muscle cars (in a file photo) pass by the lights on Beale Street while cruising B.B. King Boulevard in Downtown Memphis. Law enforcement and lawmakers are hoping a new state law that goes into effect July 1, which will increase the penalty for illegal drag racing statewide, helps with the problem.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Muscle cars (in a file photo) pass by the lights on Beale Street while cruising B.B. King Boulevard in Downtown Memphis. Law enforcement and lawmakers are hoping a new state law that goes into effect July 1, which will increase the penalty for illegal drag racing statewide, helps with the problem. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Even Anthony Smith, who was a drag racer in the ‘Street Outlaws: Memphis’ TV series, says there’s a problem. ‘These kids now are out here ... cutting doughnuts and shooting guns in the air, and that ain’t the drag racing we do.’

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Yolanda Jones covers criminal justice issues and general assignment news for The Daily Memphian. She previously was a reporter at The Commercial Appeal.


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