No Magic Bill for Street Racing
In Annapolis, as legislators returned to the State House for the week, many were talking about the illegal street racing accident Saturday in Accokeek that left eight men dead.
A House committee will hear testimony tomorrow for a bill proposed last month by the Maryland Department of Transportation to allow local jurisdictions to use cameras to enforce speed limits. The accident could provide momentum in the legislature to pass the speed cameras bill.
Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. said he believes there is little lawmakers could do to enhance enforcement of street racing.
"Everybody always wants to throw laws at it, but some of it may be better enforced by a coordiated effort between the local law enforcement jurisdictions and the State Police," Bohanan said.
"It's not like we haven't known this is going on," said Bohanan, who represents a rural Southern Maryland district where many residents are frequent spectators at nighttime street races. "I think ramping up
enforcement is a lot quicker rather than searching for the magic bill to address it."
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