Traffic Violation:

Reckless-Dangerous-Careless Driving

There are specific laws in most states that make it illegal for drivers to operate their vehicles in a reckless or consciously unsafe manner. Recklessness is characterized by a complete disregard for the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. Rather than reckless driving, some states use the term “dangerous driving” while others use “careless driving.” In some states, careless driving is a lesser offense. In some states, there are specific acts that determine if an offense is classified as reckless driving. These may include:

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 25 mph
  • Racing other vehicles
  • Attempting to evade an officer
  • Passing with limited visibility (on a hill, around a turn, etc)