Street Racing in Southern Illinois

The Illinois Vehicle Code strictly prohibits any act of racing. Street racing is classified as a Class A Misdemeanor.

The controlling Illinois Statute is 625 ILCS 5/11‑506(a)(1) which provides “street racing means:


  1. The operation of 2 or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other; or
  2. The operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, each starting at the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit; or
  3. The use of one or more vehicles in an attempt to outgain or outdistance another vehicle; or
  4. The use of one or more vehicles to prevent another vehicle from passing; or
  1. The use of one or more vehicles to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles; or
  2. The use of one or more vehicles to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long‑distance driving routes.”


Street racing in the State of Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor for your first offense. The range of penalties if you are convicted of street racing, is up to 364 days in county jail; fines up to $2,500.00; up to 24 months probation, conditional discharge or court supervision. A conviction for street racing will also trigger an automatic revocation of your Illinois Driver’s License. A subsequent violation means you could be charged with a Class 4 felony.

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