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I'm not gonna lie — I always thought The Fast and the Furious was a sexy movie, and not just because of Paul Walker. It portrays street racing as this sick* hobbie, with tricked-out rides and loads of heart-pounding adrenaline. Illegal as it may be, it's an underground circuit of which I secretly wished I could be a part, if only I was cool enough.** That is, until I caught wind of a deadly street racing crash in Maryland this past weekend that killed eight spectators and wounded several others. It made me realize, in a way I never had before, how dangerous racing at high speeds can be — for both drivers and onlookers. Today we take a deeper look at street racing, and what's being done to regulate it. If you have any experience with this pastime — either as a racer or a spectator — tell us your story.
* No, "sick" is a good thing, Mom.
** Tear, sigh.