Rep. Christopher Leon Guerrero (Cov-Saipan) prefiled yesterday a bill that would legalize drag racing in the CNMI where he said “illegal” drag races have already been happening for quite a while.
Leon Guerrero, a former police officer, said drag racing is “becoming a very popular sporting activity” in the CNMI.
But he said there is no facility or designated area where those interested in pursuing the sport of drag racing “can meet to enhance their competitive skills and expertise.”
When asked about possible areas on the islands where drag racing can be held, Leon Guerrero said it would be important to have a law in place first.
“Once we have a law in place, there can be feasibility studies done to determine the suitable places for it,” he told Saipan Tribune shortly after prefiling House Bill 18-141 yesterday.
Once the bill becomes law, drag racing will be allowed on public or private property where businesses can invest in this type of sport.
Leon Guerrero, chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Government, said, “Many individuals both young and old put themselves and others at risk in participating in illegal drag racing in various areas in the CNMI.”
“It is imperative that action be taken in regards to drag racing to prevent individuals from harming themselves or others while participating in illegal drag racing activities,” he said in his bill.
Leon Guerrero said he will be formally introducing HB 18-141 in this afternoon’s House session.