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Fast and Furious leads to more street racing deaths

Posted by lapearce on April 6, 2009

Fast and Furious raked in 72.5 million at the box office opening weekend. This is the best opening any film has ever had in April, and is true summer blockbuster-level earnings. It also means that over 10 million impressionable young minds were reminded this weekend about how cool street racing is.

I’m typically not one of those people who blames music for school shootings, or what not. however, there is a direct correlation between street racing incidences and Fast and Furious movies. According to Michael Bender, author of the new book The Fast, The Fraudulent;    The Fatal: The Dangerous and Dark side of Illegal Street Racing, Drifting and Modified Cars” The opening of the original Fast and the Furious in 2001 doubled the number of deaths associated with street racing:

“In 2001, the first “Fast and the Furious” movie was released and at least 135 people died in accidents from possible races; almost double that from the prior year. Many other statistics support the claim that these kinds of movies only exacerbate the problem, instead of taking steps towards its solution.”

California has been more active than any other state in trying to prevent street racing. If someone is killed in a street race, the racers can be tried for murder. If caught street racing your license can be removed and your car crushed.

But is it working?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, street racing deaths are on the rise, and the state with the highest number of deaths if California.

So what is the solution? The reactionary defense we have now of punishing street racing after it happens doesn’t seem to be working. Unless we can prove to kids that cars become more dangerous at high speeds, unfortunately, I think the way most of them will learn is when they are effected personally by a street racing tragedy, whether it be to them or to a friend.

Let us commemorate those killed recently due to this dangerous activity:

Cynthia Furr, her two-year-old daughter, and the 13 year old Hunter Holt, killed when a racing Eclipse slammed into Cynthia’s Mercedes on Sunday.

A 19-year-old mother was killed when she was racing another car with her infant and five other children in her car on Sunday.

Father and son killed when a racing truck hit their compact

Alexandria Drake was killed as the passanger of a car that lost control while racing. She was 25.

Founder of clothing line, TapouT, killed while he raced a Porsche with his Ferrari. His girlfriend was also critically injured. The man he was racing now faces murder and DUI charges.

This is just scratching the surface of incidences in the past week alone.

If you have a teenager who will be seeing Fast and Furious, or has seen any of these films, take them aside and spend a minute explainging the horor behind the hollywood glamorization of street racing.


One Response to “Fast and Furious leads to more street racing deaths”

  1. […] that glorify street racing is one part of the problem. Street racing deaths increased after the Fast and Furious movies came out. Another problem is the lack of legal drag strips for teens to use instead of the open road. The […]

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