2010 Arkansas Code
Title 27 - Transportation
Subtitle 4 - Motor Vehicular Traffic
Chapter 50 - Penalties And Enforcement
Subchapter 3 - Offenses and Penalties Generally
§ 27-50-309 - Racing or observing a drag race as a spectator on a public highway.

27-50-309. Racing or observing a drag race as a spectator on a public highway.

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Drag race" means:

(A) The operation of two (2) or more motor vehicles from a point side-by-side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other; and

(B) The operation of one (1) or more motor vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of the motor vehicle or motor vehicles within a certain distance or time limit;

(2) "Public highway" means a public road, county road, city street, or any paved or unpaved roadway that is owned or maintained by a public entity or municipality; and

(3) "Race" means the operation or use of one (1) or more motor vehicles traveling with excessive or at dangerous speeds in an attempt to:

(A) Outgain or outdistance another motor vehicle or motor vehicles;

(B) Arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle or motor vehicles; or

(C) Test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.

(b) (1) A person commits the crime of racing on a public highway if he or she knowingly:

(A) Commits a violation of 27-50-302(a)(1)-(9) and operates a motor vehicle in a race or drag race on a public highway;

(B) Participates in, promotes, solicits, or collects moneys at any location for any race or drag race on a public highway; or

(C) Rides as a passenger in or on a motor vehicle in any race or drag race on a public highway.

(2) Racing on a public highway is a Class A misdemeanor.

(c) (1) A person commits the crime of observing a drag race as a spectator on a public highway if he or she with the purpose to observe a drag race on a public highway:

(A) Is knowingly present at and purposely observes the drag race or the preparation for the drag race; and

(B) Purposely demonstrates through active encouragement, assistance, facilitation, urging, or a request that the drag race commence.

(2) Observing a drag race is a Class B misdemeanor.

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