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Careless & Reckless Driving
New Jersey has two different statutes to define driving: careless and reckless. Intent is the deciding factor between the two.
Reckless driving is the more serious of the two due to harsher penalties. Reckless is defined as willfully driving a vehicle with complete disregard for the rights and safety of others. And operating a vehicle in a manner that endangers people or property.
Examples of reckless driving: Illegal passing, drag racing on public streets, and leading officers on a high-speed chase.
Careless driving is one of the more common traffic violations. Careless is defined as driving a vehicle without due caution and operating a vehicle in a way that could possibly harm people or property.
Examples of careless driving: tailgating, accidentally running a stop sign, and distracted driving.
Reckless driving in New Jersey carries a harsh punishment. A first-time offense can lead to 60 days in jail and/or a fine between $50 and $200, as well as a license suspension. Subsequent convictions can result in up to three months of jail time and/or a fine between $100 to $500. Five points is also added to the driver’s driving record.
Careless driving adds two points to the driver’s driving record. There is also a fine between $50 to $200, plus court fees and an assessment charge. The court can also imprison the driver for up to 15 days. The penalties are doubled if the offense occurs in a construction zone or a 65 mph speed zone.
If You are Charged with Careless or Reckless Driving
Careless and reckless driving are serious offenses. They could lead to jail time, fines, and loss of driving privileges. The Law Office of Stephen D Williams can represent your case. You need a skilled New Jersey traffic attorney advocating for your rights in court. Contact the Law Office of Stephen D Williams for help with you careless driving or reckless driving case at 908-284-0074.