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Risks of street racing not worth reward

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Police lights lit up Highway 31 late Friday night following a street race, according to a Horry County police report. | Source: WMBF News Police lights lit up Highway 31 late Friday night following a street race, according to a Horry County police report. | Source: WMBF News

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Police lights lit up Highway 31 late Friday night. According to a Horry County police report, officers received a call that a group was street racing.

Officials went undercover and found a group of nine cars at the Sandlapper Carwash, off Fantasy Harbor Boulevard and followed the group on several highways.

Shortly after, officers pulled over the nine men on Highway 31 north and brought them to the J. Reuben Detention Center on racing on a public road charges.  

"I have 3 kids and my wife that are going up and down [Highway] 31 constantly," explained Steve Zacharias. "The last thing I want to get a phone call telling me my family's been killed because someone's screwing around on the highway."

For Zacharias, this hit close to home. He has been racing on tracks his entire life and says most cars simply can't handle the speed and power needed while racing.

"When you're trying make lefts and rights in a street car, they don't set them up to go left and right at high speeds."

He says your best bet is to go to a track where you can race in one of their cars, both safely and legally.

"It comes with roll cages, they come with safety precautions and we have people on scene so if, God forbid, even if there was a wreck, we're ready for tending to them," Zacharias said.

He says people often buy muscle cars and feel the need to test their limits. Unfortunately, there are speed limits for a reason.

"The risk of getting yourself killed and ending up in jail is just not worth it," said Zacharias. "You wake up tomorrow morning and you had fun for 20 seconds, but you put someone else's life in danger."

Each of the men arrested has since been released from jail on $500 bond.

"So when you go home and you brag to your friends because you ran 130 mph in your Ford Explorer, at the end of the day, what does it really mean?" Zacharias asked.

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