2 street motorbike racers in China's Shanghai city who were detained and
charged with dangerous driving may face the death penalty in line with new
guidelines, say police.
Earlier, racers faced less than 15 days in jail in case their activities had no
untoward consequences, the Shanghai Daily reported.
According to the city police, the 2 men -- identified as Jin and Zhang -- met
at about 8 p.m. in a garage on Leyuan Road in Pudong New Area, and drove out a Yamaha and a Honda, both powerful motorcycles with 1,000cc engines.
The street bike racing occurred on the night of Feb 3.
Police noticed the duo on the surveillance cameras, speeding on the road and
repeatedly jumping traffic signals.
Patrolling officers tried to stop the 2 but they did not slow down and escaped,
Jin and Zhang were later identified by the police from surveillance camera
footage and detained and their motorcycles confiscated.
Jin's Yamaha was unlicensed while Zhang was using another person's licence
plates on his Honda, police found.
(source: New Kerala)