Tue, Aug 31, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Ministry keen on approving public racing circuits

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

In response to the popularity of illegal car racing among youth in the summer, the Ministry of the Interior has urged the National Council for Physical Fitness and Sports to set up more licensed car-racing circuits.

"There is only one legal car-racing circuit, which is in Yunlin County. An application to run a [private] legal car-racing circuit is rather complicated and also time-consuming as it involves describing the use of the land," a council officer said yesterday.

Far Eastern International Circuit in Yunlin County is the nation's first government-approved car-racing circuit.

Figures released by the National Police Agency show that between July 1 and Aug. 1 there were 602 incidents of young people involved in illegal car racing. There were 518 moving viol-ations, 50 other violations, six cases of illegal car-racing rings being shut down and 26 cases of legal guardians of offenders being penalized, while two garages were found to be involved in illegal activities.

Youth Project is a program managed by several government offices introduced every summer to promote safety among young drivers, especially around the time of school vacations.

As the popularity of illegal car racing increases over the summer, the agency also conducts roadside clampdowns.

A statement released by the ministry yesterday said that police were closely monitoring the racers, adding that car-racing gangs in Kaohsiung County, Taoyuan County and Taichung City had been involved in attacks using knives.

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