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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) When it comes to street racing, the message from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is one that is simple, poignant and sharp: Don’t.

Harris County Sheriff’s officials want citizens to know that there are stiff and sturdy consequences for those that choose engage in street racing.

In fact, their crack down on street racing over the past weekend resulted in the arrest of seven individuals. HCSO deputies also issued over 40 traffic violations.

“The traffic safety initiative took place during the weekend of a popular racing event in Sealy that attracts thousands of street racers and that, in the past, has spilled over to the streets of west Harris County,” added officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Among those seven arrested, their offenses ranged from reckless driving to DWI.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office further states that back in 2012, The Sealy event drew a large crowd to a shopping center along the Katy Freeway and Mason Rd. that got out of control; the crowds were later dispersed by HCSO deputies.

HCSO officials want citizens to know that street racing will not be tolerated and violators will be punished to the fullest extent of the law: “Street racing is a class B misdemeanor, with maximum punishment of a $2,000 fine, 180 days in jail and driver’s license suspension. Repeat offenders can be charged with a second degree felony, which could result in up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In street racing, passengers can be punished as severely as the driver. Spectators can also be fined,” added officials with HCSO.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says that there is never a reason to street race, regardless of the rush one may receive: “Not only is street racing illegal, but it’s also dangerous. Too often we’ve seen young people get into horrible accidents, hurting themselves and others, and all because of a lead foot. If you want to race a car do so on video game or in a closed circuit track but not in the streets of Harris County,” stated Sheriff Garcia to CBS Radio Houston.

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