Open the Courts for Street Racing Citations

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Street racing and vehicular street performances in the City of Atlanta are dangerous violations of city and state law that are resulting in an escalating threat to public safety. 

There are a few new initiatives being discussed that have merit like maximizing points on a violator's license or forfeiture of the vehicle.  New laws require time and coordination to see success.  While we pursue legislative changes, what do we do in the meantime to address public safety? 

Currently, there are over 500 outstanding citations for traffic violations associated with street racing, drag racing, and noise violations related to modified mufflers.  

As the voting constituents of the City of Atlanta, we strongly ask that the City of Atlanta Municipal Court and the State Court of Fulton County begin to re-open to hear all citations associated with street racing and vehicular street performance. 

The judicial agencies of our government have an obligation to restore order and safety in our communities.  In order for offenders to answer to the citations, the courts must be open.  Without the adjudication of the citations, offenders are undeterred from continuing this behavior and they will continue to plague our city with noise, damage to property, and the very serious threat to public safety on the roadways.  

Pursuant to the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order which expired on 10/10/20, the Honorable Christopher S. Brasher, Chief Judge of the Superior Court issued guidelines to address how limited in-court proceedings can be conducted to protect the health of litigants, lawyers, court personnel, judges, and the public. 

Those guidelines are outlined in detail here:

https://www.fultoncourt.org/about/admin/UpdatedGuidelinesForInPersonProc07292020.pdf

We ask that the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, under the leadership of Chief Judge Christopher Portis, and the State Court of Fulton County, under the leadership of Chief Judge Fred Eady, to use these guidelines as well as best practices from other cities that have successfully reopened to immediately begin hearing cases associated with street racing and vehicular street performance.  

Understanding the backlog of judicial proceedings from the months of closure, we also request any docket including citations for street racing and vehicular street performances be advanced.  

We can not continue to expect the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol to get this issue under control without the equal arm of our judicial branch in line to adjudicate the citations.