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Reckless Driving

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Definition - What does Reckless Driving mean?

What is considered "reckless driving" varies by state but is generally any type of driving action or traffic violation which is dangerous to public safety or property. Reckless driving can be either negligent or malicious and is considered a misdemeanor, unless the driver by their reckless driving causes bodily injury to another person. In this case the charge may be upgraded to a felony.

Neither traffic violations nor speeding are inherently considered reckless driving unless they are combined with other factors that threaten public safety. Definitions vary by state but general reckless driving statutes may include:

  • Driving on a highway or parking facility with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle

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