UPDATE at Bottom:
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was pulled over last week in North Carolina for going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone and was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding.
Normally, in a situation like this, the officers would whip out the cuffs and take the driver to jail, but for
whatever reason, Busch was let go with a written promise to appear in court.
Following the ticketing, Busch issued a statement saying:
“I was test-driving a new sports car and I got carried away… I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgment.”
This is unfortunately not the first time Busch has had a drive-in with the law. Back in 2006, he pleaded guilty to improper driving and was fined $150 after he was ticketed for reckless driving in a Virginia suburb. And just last month, Busch was placed on probation through June 15 after he and fellow NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick got into a raceway pit scuffle.
Ever since this news came out, it has become a big debate among media outlets and NASCAR fans alike. Some believe that the officers are to blame for not following through with the arrest, while many others are pointing the finger at Kyle Busch for severely speeding down a neighborhood road. And, of course, there are a select few people that think Busch should be forgiven because he goes fast for a living.
Regardless of what side of the debate you’re on, the fact of the matter is that Busch was going nearly three times the legal speed limit and needs to be punished for his actions. Professional athlete or not, driving 128 mph in a residential neighborhood is not acceptable in any way shape or form.
Did the practice run down the neighborhood street act as a tune-up for Busch’s next race?
No to that. The driver had an accident in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 and finished 32nd in the race, prompting an early exit.
UPDATE: According to ESPN, Kyle Busch has been fined $1,000, placed on a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to do 30 hours of community service with the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) program. His license has also been revoked for 45 days, as a result of the charge.
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