Police in Florida and Texas have developed a way to discourage illegal street racing: just pay $25 and you get to hit the strip against a high-speed copper. Can you beat the heat?

The "Beat the Heat" program started in 1984 and has grown into a huge event with custom drag-racing cop cars and tons of participation. The aim of the program is to educate kids and hooligans alike on the dangers of street racing and give them a cheaper alternative. Of course, having some fun and good PR is an added benefit.

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The event is hosted at local dragways and is fully funded by donations and the $25 entry fee. As long as you're over 18 and have a license you can bring whatever you want and go up against your choice of suped-up squad car. Organizers are quick to point out a marked decrease in illegal racing in nearby areas since the program began. If you're interested and live in the area, the next event is set up for May 23rd at the County Line Drag Way in Miami-Dade County, Florida. If you ask us, this is a darn good idea. [Beat The Heat, Officer.com]