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WVC 17 C- 6 - 8 §17C-6-8. Racing on streets and highways prohibited; legislative findings; penalties; mandatory revocation of licenses.
The Legislature hereby determines and finds that the racing of motor vehicles on the public streets and highways of this state, whether within or in excess of the lawful speed limit (much of which racing is commonly referred to as "drag racing"), is extremely dangerous to life, limb and property, and that such racing is an ever increasing problem. It is, therefore, hereby declared to be the public policy of this state to prohibit all forms of such racing on the public streets and highways, and to provide criminal penalties for, and require the revocation of the operator's or chauffeur's license or nonresident privilege to drive, of those persons who are convicted of engaging in or aiding or abetting such racing.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, or aid or abet by serving as lookout or timer or in any other capacity whatever, any speed race, as defined herein, on any public street or highway in this state. For the purposes of this subdivision, "speed race" means:

(1) The operation of a motor vehicle in speed acceleration competition with another motor vehicle or motor vehicles; or

(2) The operation of a motor vehicle in speed acceleration competition against time; or

(3) The operation of a motor vehicle in speed competition with another motor vehicle or motor vehicles where speed exceeds the lawful speed limit.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished for a first offense by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, and for a second offense by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than six days nor more than sixty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a third and each subsequent offense by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than sixty days nor more than four months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. For the purposes of this section, a forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure such person's appearance in court, which forfeiture has not been vacated, shall be equivalent to a final conviction. If at the time of any violation of the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section by any person as an operator of a motor vehicle, such person was not entitled to operate a motor vehicle in this state because his operator's or chauffeur's license, or privilege to drive in this state if such person be a nonresident, had earlier been suspended or revoked, then in addition to the offense, penalties and mandatory revocation provided for in this section, the provisions of section three, article four, chapter seventeen-b of this code shall be applicable.

(c) Whenever a person is convicted for a violation of the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section, which conviction has become final, the commissioner of motor vehicles shall in addition to the penalties hereinbefore provided, forthwith:

(1) For a first offense, revoke the operator's or chauffeur's license of such person, or such person's privilege to drive in this state if he be a nonresident, for a period of six months;

(2) For a second offense occurring within a two-year period, revoke the operator's or chauffeur's license of such person, or such person's privilege to drive in this state if he be a nonresident, for a period of two years; or

(3) For a third or any subsequent offense occurring within a five-year period, revoke the operator's or chauffeur's license of such person, or such person's privilege to drive in this state if he be a nonresident, for a period of five years.

Whenever a person is convicted as aforesaid for a second,third or subsequent offense which occurred while such person's operator's or chauffeur's license, or privilege to drive in this state if he be a nonresident, was revoked pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision, the period or periods of mandatory revocation for such second, third or subsequent offense shall be cumulative and shall run consecutively. If a person's junior or probationary operator's license is revoked in accordance with the provisions of this subdivision, such person may not apply for a regular operator's or chauffeur's license until he reaches eighteen years of age or until the period of revocation has elapsed, whichever event shall last occur. Notwithstanding the provisions of section eight, article three, chapter seventeen-b of this code, any person whose operator's or chauffeur's license, or privilege to drive in this state if he be a nonresident, is revoked, under the provisions of this subdivision, may, following the period or periods of revocation, immediately apply for and obtain a new operator's or chauffeur's license or nonresident privilege to drive, as the case may be, if and only if the commissioner of motor vehicles is satisfied, after investigation of the character, habits and driving ability of such person, that it will be safe to permit such person to drive a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways. Any period of revocation imposed under the provisions of this subdivision shall be computed from the date of such revocation.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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