Research Papers

Preventing street racing: Should we concentrate on changing the driver or the car?

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Date added June 6, 2010
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Category 2010 CMRSC XX Niagara
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Author/Auteur Reginald G. Smart, Robert E. Mann, Gina Stoduto and Evelyn Vingilis


There is a great deal of public concern about street racing that involves spontaneous races between drivers, illegal street racing “meets” or even a single driver who tries to see how fast his/her car will go on city streets. Street racing is common in Ontario, where 8459 charges were laid for street racing a year after a new law was passed. This paper examines potential measures for prevention of dangerous and unsanctioned street racing. It focuses on efforts aimed at both drivers and modification to cars that could prevent street racing. Human factors interventions using educational strategies have had limited success. Legal system strategies are more successful. Street racing is related to risky driving, drinking and driving and red-light running. Interventions should be designed to target aggressive drivers and drinking drivers, in addition to street racers. Various monitoring systems for parents, e.g., GPS systems, real time tracking systems and black box programs recording speeds could all be used to identify racers. Some modifications to cars could also prevent racing. More cars could have smaller motors, acceleration controls or speed governors as do most trucks. Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) systems, Dynamic Speed Display Signs, Adaptive Speed Controls, Automotive Speed Controls and other newer systems could be effective. This paper examines the potential of these strategies for prevention, as well as the feasibility and problems of each system as they relate to the prevention of street racing.

Reginald G. Smart, Robert E. Mann, Gina Stoduto and Evelyn Vingilis