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Street Heat: High Speed Justice Facts

Street Heat: High Speed Justice

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  • During the 1920s, Kent was known as the “lettuce capital of the world.”

  • Cars used for street racing are typically lightweight sedans, hatchbacks, and sports cars. The Honda CRX has been rated the number one street racing performance car.

  • In the United States, illegal street racing has reached what one law enforcement official calls “ridiculous” levels. The activity has caused a number of deaths.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 804 people were killed in racing-related crashes between 2001 and 2006. 188 of those deaths were in California; Texas had 128 deaths.

  • In 2010, about 100 street racers were arrested in Kent.

  • Nationwide statistics indicate that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 who participate in illegal street racing.

  • It’s estimated that each year in the U.S. there are around 37,000 fatal motor vehicle crashes. Speeding is a contributing factor in almost a third of these crashes.

  • Just seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is near both Seattle and Tacoma. Kent has views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.

  • Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State, with a geographic area of 34 square miles. It has been called “one of the best places to live.”

  • Kent has three public art galleries featuring the work of local artists. It also boasts the nation’s only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing.

  • As of 2011, Spokane, Washington was considered the fourth “hotspot” for vehicle theft.

  • The City of Kent has always been known as Kent, but the area has also been called Titusville after early settler James H. Titus.

  • One study found that 59% of high school boys and 36% of high school girls reported they had raced another car in the past year.

  • The City of Kent incorporated in 1890, with a population of 763. It was the second city in King County to incorporate.

  • Kent began as an agricultural area. The Green and White rivers flooded annually, contributing to the agricultural fertility. Hops were the first major crop and lead to the rapid growth of Kent in its early years.