Is This Reckless Driving?

In North Carolina, reckless driving can get a person into some serious trouble. This is an umbrella term used to define a group of actions and behaviors. Do you know what these behaviors and actions are? Today we will take a look into the answer.

Reckless driving is often defined as a “willful or wanton disregard” for safety. In particular, it defines how you treat driver safety. In short, you operate your vehicle without considering or caring about the consequences of your actions. This can either be an intentional and malicious disregard, or simply a lack of care. Either way, the end result is the same. These actions can put the lives of innocent people in jeopardy.

Examples of reckless driving behavior can include:

  • Drag racing
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Driving 25 miles or more over the speed limit in any area
  • Passing vehicles on a 2 lane highway without clear visibility

Some people are under the misconception that traffic violations are not “serious” crimes. However, reckless driving is often one of the most serious traffic offenses. Most traffic offenses are infractions. Meanwhile, reckless driving is often charged as a misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of reckless driving may face fines and even time in jail.

Depending on the state, reckless driving is also known as “dangerous driving” or “careless driving”. Though the behaviors often look the same, you should know the state laws governing them. Reckless driving charges can have a hefty impact. If you wish to learn more about how states handle these matters, visit our web page on traffic violations here.

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