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What is considered reckless driving?

August 16, 2021 – David W. Foley – Criminal Defense

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You’ve likely heard the phrase “reckless driving” thrown around. Do you know what types of driving behaviors are considered reckless driving?

Reckless driving is much more than failing to stay in your lane and speeding. There are a variety of other driving behaviors that fall into this category. Colorado imposes stiff penalties on anyone convicted of reckless driving — and they’re far more serious than a simple ticket in some cases.

Examples of reckless driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classifies someone’s vehicle operation with wanton or willful disregard for property and people as reckless driving. There are a number of specific  behaviors that rise to the level of reckless driving, including:

  • Fleeing police officers
  • Texting and driving
  • Drag racing other motorists
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian or others
  • Crossing double lines when driving along a 2-lane road
  • Failing to stop for a stopped school bus.
  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to stop for a stop sign or running a red light
  • Operating a vehicle at 25 mph or more over the speed limit

Reckless driving is a crime. A conviction for such an offense may result in a jail sentence, fines and a driver’s license suspension. Data shows that individuals convicted of reckless driving see their auto insurance rates increase by 87.5% as well.

Many motorists so heavily count on their vehicles as they go about their everyday lives that they couldn’t imagine going without them. A conviction for reckless driving may leave you with no other choice, though. If you’re facing such charges, you may be able to present a defense in your case, so it’s wise to seek legal guidance.

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