Once Chevrolet announced the 2015 Corvette would be fitted with a Performance Data Recorder (PDR), we knew it was only a matter of time before someone was caught doing something stupid.
Today we’d like to inform you that the police have also begun using the 2015 Corvette and its PDR system, namely to catch other Corvette drivers racing through the streets of Texas.
Cops in Harris County, Texas caught eight people on Friday, March 20, after they were nabbed taking their racing to streets on the same weekend as the annual drag race event, the TX2K, according to Corvette Blogger.
While we don’t know how many of them were actually caught using PDR, the video below shows us at least three Corvette’s were caught on video by undercover cops in a 2015 Corvette Stingray.
Unaware they are being followed by an undercover cop, the ‘Vettes line up for a rolling start around 40mph, then hit the go pedal. Once they reach speeds over 100 mph, the sneaky cop pulls them over.
“It’s been a pretty consistent issue…on the West side of Harris County. On some nights we’ll have up to several hundred cars out here,” said Assistant Chief Joe O’Leary. “We’ve had a significant number of serious accidents and several fatalities associated with this.”
The alleged racers face a class B misdemeanour charge for street racing, and could be punished with 180 days in prison, and a fine of up to $2,000. If the race results in an accident, injury, or death, it can go as high as a second degree felony and they could face up to 20 years behind bars.
If PDR can be used to prosecute street races and potentially save someones life, we’re all for it.