City Council Passes New Ordinances on Street Racing, Non-Smoking

Last night, Doraville's council passed an ordinance aimed at curbing street racing in our city. The ordinance focuses on not only drivers, but the spectators who block the road and post videos to social media. Councilwoman Maria Alexander and Police Chief Chuck Atkinson developed the final version of this together with the city's legal team.

“Multiple instances of street racing/exhibitions have occurred on private property and also in our city parks,” said Councilwoman Maria Alexander, the legislation’s sponsor. “Due to the risk to public safety and the continuing strain on our police resources caused by these incidents, the City felt compelled to take action.”

"Participants at these events put themselves and spectators in danger," said Mayor Geierman. "This ordinance is an attempt at addressing this problem and acknowledges that spectators who come out to events and post videos of them on social media play a large part in making this dangerous behavior an attractive way to spend a Saturday night.”

This new law imposes a fine up to $1,000 for spectators and a fine of $1,000 for organizers and drivers, or up to 6 months in jail for anyone involved.

Additionally, Council passed an ordinance which prohibits smoking on all City owned properties and, in all city-owned structures, as well as private establishments subject to certain exceptions. The ordinance also creates additional restrictions, including prohibitions on smoking within 20 feet of
places where smoking is prohibited, including waiting lines, public property and restaurants. This ordinance also prohibits smoking on restaurant patios and in waiting lines in public areas, as well as bus stops.

Fines ranging from $50 to $100 for each violation are included as well. 

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