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TheSadvocate
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EBR Metro Council approves new penalties for stunt drivers and spectators

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - New penalties are now in place for stunt driving and spectators on public roads in East Baton Rouge Parish. The public has been calling for action ever since the Garth Brooks concert back on April 30, where stunt drivers shut down College Drive. “This is what law enforcement is asking for. I won’t be soft on this,” said Councilman Rowdy Gaudet of District 3, who drafted the ordinance.

The ordinance describes stunt activities as, “Burning out the tires of a motor vehicle or engaging in any similar activity in which a vehicle is kept stationary and while its wheels spin, causing the tires to create smoke; performing donuts or any similar activity in which the vehicle is driven in circles while continuing to accelerate; operating a motor vehicle in a reckless or careless manner, or violating any traffic regulation for purposes of attracting bystanders or onlookers, or for the entertainment or gratification of spectators.”

First-time violators will now face a $1,000 fine, instead of the previous amount of $500. People could also face prison time for 10 to 90 days for each separate offense. Violators could also get their license suspended, and their vehicle could be removed and impounded by law enforcement. Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties.

These new changes basically amend a previous ordinance that was passed back in August of 2021, which made drag racing illegal across the parish. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul and his officers helped work on the ordinance with Councilman Gaudet, to add “more tools in the toolbox” to stop it from happening. Baton Rouge Police officers will be enforcing the new rules within the city limits, which go into effect immediately.


LegendInMyMind
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Firing squad?


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fr33manator
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
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“Stunt drivers”


Well that’s a frickin euphemism if I’ve ever heard one


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“This is what law enforcement is asking for. I won’t be soft on this,”


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First-time violators will now face a $1,000 fine, instead of the previous amount of $500. People could also face prison time for 10 to 90 days for each separate offense. Violators could also get their license suspended, and their vehicle could be removed and impounded by law enforcement. Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties.



“And a sternly worded letter, and no second helping of dessert. I’m also going to reduce their screen time by 45 whole minutes and give them a 3 o’clock curfew”.
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LordSaintly
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Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties.


That seems like an overreach


CovingtonTigre
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Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties


Hmmm that seems dubious constitutionally & ripe for abuse.


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upgrayedd
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Can't wait to watch our local activists claim this is racist


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TheSadvocate
Baton Rouge
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That seems like an overreach


There's not a single law or ordinance that would allow them to charge anyone recording that BS. As much as I'd like to see those chinese water cannon trucks move in and drown all of them, nothing will likely happen.


fr33manator
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Baton Rouge
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As much as I'd like to see those chinese water cannon trucks move in and drown all of them,



Now that’s more like it. Fines and jail won’t faze this crowd.

Only fear will work


novabill
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Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties


So posting something on social media is a crime now?

LOL


Eighteen
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First-time violators will now face a $1,000 fine, instead of the previous amount of $500


What % even paid the $500 fine? They don’t pay it because they don’t care about having warrants out for their arrest

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People could also face prison time for 10 to 90 days for each separate offense.


Lol, they don’t even get prison time for much more serious crimes now.

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Violators could also get their license suspended


Do they even have valid license and insurance now?

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Spectators and people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties.


, so noooow they are going to “tough” on crime. I won’t hold my breath

The only thing in here that would actually stop it is the impounding of the cars/ATVs …. but that and the social media part seems like a gross overreach of police power
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They need to add rolling coal.


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Epaminondas
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Impound their cars and this stops.

They'll never pay the fines and they won't actually be sentenced to jail (though they should be).


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LSUSkip
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Does this include in parking lots or is it only on streets? Can they enforce it in parking lots?


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AmosMosesAndTwins
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vehicle is kept stationary


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$1,000 fine


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prison time for 10 to 90


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license suspended


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vehicle could be removed and impounded by law enforcement


Remind me what the penalty is in Louisiana for texting at 75mph?


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NicotineFree2022
Baton Rouge
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Violators should be publicly executed


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Gee Grenouille
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Bogalusa
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Murder is illegal to but is the DA interested in prosecuting that?


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LSUBoo
Houston Astros Fan
Knoxville, TN
Member since Mar 2006
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Enforced by?

BRPD?



Horsemeat
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Member since Dec 2014
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people who broadcast about the events on social media could also face the same penalties.
I think they're going to run into some first amendment issues here guys.


armsdealer
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Feb 2016
7949 posts

Why do the cops need new laws to do their job? This is already illegal.

Also, this shite isn't new, it is just new to being broadcasted on the internet immediately. People were gathering in crowds and doing "stunts" since there were streets and cars.


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TDFreak
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It’s about damn time. Should have been done months ago.


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