When you take to the road, there is nothing more important than your safety. Even if you have to slow down and go out of your way, it’s better than putting yourself at risk.
Reckless driving remains a major problem in North Carolina, as well as every other state in the country. Not only do you personally need to follow the rules of the road, but you must know what other drivers are doing at all times.
In short, reckless driving entails a willful disregard for safety and/or the operation of a vehicle in which you show disregard for the consequences of your actions.
Reckless driving is much more serious than a common traffic violation, such as when you roll through a stop sign.
Reckless driving is known as dangerous driving or careless driving in some areas.
What are some examples?
Reckless driving is not a traffic infraction, but is a misdemeanor that can carry serious consequences.
Some of the most common examples of reckless driving include:
- Racing another vehicle
- Driving in excess of 25 miles per hour (or more) over the speed limit
- Trying to elude a police officer who is attempting to stop your vehicle
- Passing a vehicle on a two lane highway, with a solid line in place
It’s important to note that charges of reckless driving are often associated with other crimes. For example, driving over the posted speed limit may prompt an officer to pull you over. At that time, the officer may learn that you are under the influence of alcohol, which only complicates your situation.
The best thing you can do is avoid reckless driving at all costs, as you never want to deal with the aftermath.
However, if you make a mistake on the road that leads to a reckless driving charge, you should immediately learn more. This means focusing on why you were pulled over, while also understanding your legal rights.
There are defense strategies you can use to put this charge in the past, all without too much of an impact on your life.