Bill to crack down on street racing approved by Senate, now heads to House

Mayor Lumumba says the city has more information that those involved may think.
Mayor Lumumba says the city has more information that those involved may think.(Jameel Smith)
Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 8:32 AM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Late Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that could help cut down on street racing in Jackson.

S.B. 2788 gives the Mississippi Highway Patrol the authority to patrol interstate corridors anywhere in Mississippi.

Right now, state statute limits the highway patrol to interstate corridors in municipalities of 15,000 or fewer.

Lawmakers introduced the bill in response to a New Year’s night street racing incident that went viral on social media.

In the video, you could see Southbound lanes along I-55 in the North Jackson/Fondren areas blocked for about an hour by teens racing and doing donuts.

When police responded, the drivers fled. So far, two suspects have been arrested in the incident, thanks to videos posted on social media.

The Department of Public Safety, which is headquartered off of Woodrow Wilson Avenue, did not respond to the scene and legally could not.

“Basically, the current law prohibits running radar in cities of more than 15,000,” said District 29 Sen. David Blount. “We removed that provision so they can run radar anywhere in Mississippi.”

Authors include Blount and Sens. John Horhn, Hillman Frazier, Sollie Norwood, and Walter Michel.

The bill now heads to the House.

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