Atlanta asks state to let cities temporarily seize cars used for street racing

ATLANTA — As the City of Atlanta’s war on street racing continues, the city council is asking state lawmakers to pass a law allowing the city to temporarily seize vehicles used in connection with street racing incidents.

The Atlanta City Council adopted legislation during Monday’s remote meeting to urge the Georgia General Assembly to amend state law to allow vehicles to be temporarily seized when used in connection with offenses related to street racing exhibitions

In August, the Council adopted an ordinance to amend the city’s Code of Ordinances to allow the Atlanta Police Department to charge non-driver participants with offenses related to street racing.

The legislation also authorized the police department to temporarily seize and hold vehicles used for street racing if authorized under state law. However, state law currently does not allow a vehicle to be seized when used in connection with street racing.

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