Every driver has an obligation to follow the rules of the road. This ensures their safety as well as that of everyone else sharing the road with them. Unfortunately, these rules are not always followed and drivers are sometimes reckless. Under the New York State Penal Code, reckless driving is defined as an act that unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public roads or endangers the use of public roads. When a driver is reckless, they are putting others on the road in serious danger. This can include actions such as excess speeding, irresponsible lane changes, driving under the influence, and more. Being pulled over for any of these can lead to a reckless driving ticket.
Being convicted for reckless driving is a serious offense in the state of New York. Law enforcement and courts are strict in penalizing those who violate the rules of the road. Those who are charged with reckless driving can face harsh consequences.
Consequences of Reckless Driving
When a driver receives a reckless driving ticket, they may face certain consequences. A driver may receive 5 points on their driving record, resulting in costly insurance premiums. If the individual already has points on their license prior to this offense, they may be required to partake in the Driver Responsibility Assessment. This requires a 3 year fine of $100 per year. If the driver accumulates 11 points on their license within 18 months, they may have their license suspended, prohibiting them from continuing to drive.
In addition to this, reckless driving convictions are considered misdemeanors in the state of New York. If convicted, offenders can face jail time and a permanent criminal record. This can impact an individual for the rest of their lives.
When a driver is facing a combination offense, it means they violated two laws at once. These can be common when dealing with reckless driving offenses. For example, if an individual is driving 40 miles over the speed limit while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it can be considered a combination offense. When this happens, they can be charged with reckless driving in addition to a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). If a driver finds themselves in this situation, they can be facing very serious charges. This is why it is crucial for them to contact an experienced attorney to assist them in lessening the charges and consequences against them.
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