On a recent episode of “Cops” I watched as an officer pulled over two cars that had raced each other from a stop light. Both drivers were surprised and a bit embarrassed as the cop scolded them like children.
One driver told the cop “But we weren’t speeding.” The officer said “I’m not giving you a ticket for speeding. I’m giving you a ticket for racing.”
What is the definition of “racing”? Is it simply up to the officer’s discretion (you know it when you see it)? It seems to me that, aside from any obvious interaction between the drivers, and as long as nobody burned rubber, a traffic-light race would consist of two cars accelerating faster than normal up to the speed limit.
Sounds like a good law to have, but it sounds like it could be quite arbitrary in its enforcement. Is there a legal limit to acceleration?