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Reckless Driving

Definition - What does Reckless Driving mean?

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime committed by drivers of motor vehicles when they choose to drive with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others. Reckless driving usually includes driving at speeds far greater than the limit and driving erratically. The existence of more than one offense, such as both speeding and swerving, could be considered reckless driving.

Justipedia explains Reckless Driving

Types of reckless driving include excessive speeding, driving without headlights, not paying attention while driving (inattentive driving), driving erratically, and racing. A driver can be taken to jail if caught driving recklessly. Then, they would go through the bail and court process. Fines are usually given in addition to community service orders. A ban on driving may be implemented for the person charged with reckless driving. A person cannot be charged with reckless driving if the reason for the mode of driving was beyond the control of the driver. A common example of this is a driver that skids on the road due to ice or other inclement weather conditions.

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