Reckless Driving - Mid-Columbia Insurance Agency
Definition and Consequences of Reckless Driving
- Reckless driving is a major moving violation related to aggressive driving.
- It involves driving with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
- Reckless driving is more serious than careless driving or improper driving.
- It can result in fines, imprisonment, or suspension/revocation of a driver’s license.
Causes and Psychology of Reckless Driving
- Reckless drivers often score high in risk-taking personality traits.
- The mental state of reckless driving cannot be attributed to a single cause.
- Different jurisdictions define reckless driving based on subjective mental state or specific driver actions.
- Psychologists have studied reckless driving behavior.
- The examples and perspective in this article primarily focus on the United States.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
- Penalties for first offenses vary by state but may include fines, imprisonment, or both.
- Repeat offenses carry more severe penalties, including increased fines and longer incarceration.
- Civil fines may be imposed for reckless driving offenses, excluding aggravated reckless driving.
- The District of Columbia Traffic Adjudication Act governs the imposition of civil fines.
Presumption of Reckless Driving
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- In certain cases, a presumption of reckless driving exists for convictions in foreign jurisdictions.
- Convictions for reckless, careless, hazardous, or aggressive driving in foreign jurisdictions are presumed to be reckless driving under Florida law.
- The presumption can be rebutted if evidence of aggravated reckless driving is presented.
- The requirements for aggravated reckless driving are specified in subsection (b-1) of the law.