Reckless Driving is a type of driving that harms or has the potential to harm others. A common type of reckless driving most think of is driving at excessive speeds. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour or exceeding 80 miles per hour are both considered reckless driving. There are countless other driving behaviors that can leave you at risk of being convicted of reckless driving.
Other speeding offenses related to reckless driving are racing and failing to drive to conditions. Racing is considered reckless driving when two or more vehicles participate in a race while on public roadways or in areas open to the public, such as parking lots. The penalty for racing is in conjunction with the reckless driving penalty making it a more severe punishment. It can result in losing your license for 6 months to 2 years.
Failing to drive to conditions occurs when drivers do not conform their speed and driving habits to the weather. An example would be driving 55 miles per hour during a blizzard or torrential downpour. Though the speed limit may be posted as 55 miles per hour, the weather makes driving at that speed extremely dangerous and potentially harmful to those around them.
You can also be convicted of reckless driving based on how and when you pass a vehicle on the road. This could be passing multiple vehicles at one time, passing when coming up to a curve or railroad crossing, and passing a stopped school bus. All of these activities have the potential of creating a hazardous situation to others and their property. Passing a vehicle should only be done on straight-aways or when there are multiple lanes going in the same direction.
Additional causes for being convicted of reckless driving include:
Failing to use proper signals, failing to yield when required and driving with an obstructed view. Failing to use proper signals and failing to yield can increase the likelihood of accident making it reckless. Driving with an obstructed view can create a distraction or make one unable to prevent any foreseeable problems. This can create an inability to react or see any potentially hazardous problems that would otherwise have been avoidable.
The result of a conviction for reckless driving can be diverse. Racing a vehicle has the highest penalty in that it can result in up to two years of suspended license, the vehicle can be forfeited to the state, and if someone is harmed, then the person can charged with a felony and could be incarcerated. Other reckless driving offenses can also be penalized by license suspension and fines.