This was actually a controlled environment by normal standards of these practices locally. An empty airstrip that is more than a mile long and quite
wide. I never used it for such purposes but it would be nice.
There are public roads that people have pink slip races. Of course it is illegal. Impounding the vehicle and arresting the violators (and sometimes
The red light syndrome is common, even trucks revving their engines and driving like there is some kind of emergency.
It is not only kids, but people of all ages that do this.
In fact, the cops can give you a nice ticket if they feel you used 'excessive acceleration'. Usually dealing with squealing tires. They are
reasonable about it.
A big problem here are people running red lights and talking on cell phones or other silly distractions as far as everyday driving.
It is a shame this happened, but, I also don't agree with limiting vehicle choices, or add-ons to vehicles.
As far as regulation, maybe some type of permit for excessive cars. Something like passing a course that tests your ability to handle a car with more
than a certain power to weight ratio, specifically on wet/oily surfaces including inclines.
Because, in all honesty, a high performance car should make the roads safer. They handle better, they stop better, they can get up to flow of traffic
better. The essence of a performance car is safety by control.
The problem lies in immaturity and thrill seekers. I cannot say I have not been guilty. 145 in a 97 Eclipse Spyder GS-T, 130 in a NA 88 RX-7 (before
someone pulled out in front of me a half mile ahead) ... I have pushed cars to their limits around corners. So I have made my mistakes, but, I
always did things slow, incrementally, and tried my utmost to err on the side of caution. Well-maintained cars helps too, but defects in tires
happen, and that can ruin your world, and possibly someone else's life.
Now that I am older, I am nothing like I was. In fact, since driving a Hybrid, and watching that instant fuel consumption meter ... I have
re-learned all my driving habits. I can regularly get mid 50 miles per gallon, near 70 mpg on a cool day with easy traffic, have gotten short trips
over 100, and interstate trips over 80. It is all with driving smooth and conserving momentum.
What needs to be done for kids should be a lockable governor for throttle and top speed. Maximum of half-throttle and 55 mph. That should be plenty
fast enough for any teenager driving around suburban towns, and even most rural areas still have close to that limit except for major
highways/interstates. Even if a local limit is 60, that is the maximum speed, you are not required to drive at that speed (some people forget this it
To put that in NASCAR perspective, sort of like a restrictor plate, but programmed and protected from being disabled or hacked (some kids are pretty
In fact, this kid was trying to disable all the safety features of the car, such as the electronically limited speed, the traction control, etc. This
should be possible for those who want to drive on a track, but for the average citizen, especially inexperienced drivers, it is a necessity. I could
do without traction control, but have years of experience with cars 250-600 hp. For most drivers, 200 is more than enough for their routines, the
rest is for bragging.
Oh, another thing, it isn't just the joe and joeline blow driving stupidly ... I can't find the story atm, it is a bit old, but a year or so ago an
off-duty officer was on I-95 speeding and wrecked with some elected official not wearing a seat belt. Silly public servants, I guess instead of
leading by example, they were showing an example of what not to do :