Atlanta judge says courts have ‘zero tolerance’ for post-pandemic street racers

Civic leaders are asking Atlanta judges to get tough on street racers.

“It’s outrageous what’s going on right now,” said Mary Norwood, an adviser who formed Buckhead’s Public Safety Task Force.

Norwood said very noisy vehicles run up and down Peachtree “all hours of the night”.

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Rick Hamilton, an executive with the Buckhead Business Association, posed a question to the panel and Atlanta Chief Justice Christopher Portis.

Hamilton asked: “Does anyone on the panel think the judges have done enough to reduce street racing?”

Portis greeted the question with an explanation.

He said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Court has given the accused riders free on bail the flexibility to settle their cases.

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Some who ignored their obligations got back into their vehicles to break the law again.

“We have zero tolerance for this right now,” Portis assured task force members.

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