This part two of this post, please see part one for Alabama through Mississippi.

Missouri:

304.012. 1. Every person operating a motor vehicle on the roads and highways of this state shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.

2. Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, unless an accident is involved then it shall be a class A misdemeanor. (L. 1996 H.B. 1047)

Montana:

     61-8-301. Reckless driving — reckless endangerment of highway worker. (1) A person commits the offense of reckless driving if the person:
     (a) operates a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
     (b) operates a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property while passing, in either direction, a school bus that has stopped and is displaying the visual flashing red signal, as provided in 61-8-351 and 61-9-402. This subsection (1)(b) does not apply to situations described in 61-8-351(6).
     (2) A municipality may enact and enforce 61-8-715 and subsection (1) of this section as an ordinance.
     (3) A person who is convicted of the offense of reckless driving or of reckless endangerment of a highway worker is subject to the penalties provided in 61-8-715.
     (4) (a) A person commits the offense of reckless endangerment of a highway worker if the person purposely, knowingly, or negligently drives a motor vehicle in a highway construction zone in a manner that endangers persons or property or if the person purposely removes, ignores, or intentionally strikes an official traffic control device in a construction zone for reasons other than:
     (i) avoidance of an obstacle;
     (ii) an emergency; or
     (iii) to protect the health and safety of an occupant of the vehicle or of another person.
     (b) As used in this section:
     (i) “construction zone” has the same meaning as is provided in 61-8-314; and
     (ii) “highway worker” means an employee of the department of transportation, a local authority, a utility company, or a private contractor.

     History: En. Sec. 40, Ch. 263, L. 1955; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 201, L. 1957; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 287, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 32-2143(1), (4); amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 209, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 221, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 561, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 46, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 352, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 379, L. 2003.

Nebraska:

Reckless driving (rash, heedless, dangerous) – 5 points.  Careless driving (inattentive, forgetful, inconsiderate) – 4 points. Any person who drives any motor vehicle in such a manner as to indicate an indifferent or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property shall be guilty of reckless driving.

Speed alone does not support a conviction for reckless driving, but it does have a bearing on whether one was driving dangerously under the surroundings and attendant circumstances of the particular case. State v. Howard, 253 Neb. 523, 571 N.W.2d 308 (1997).

Prosecution for traffic infraction is a criminal action. State v. Knoles, 199 Neb. 211, 256 N.W.2d 873 (1977).

Improper turn by defendant while overtaking complainant’s auto, held to be reckless driving. State v. Kufeldt, 197 Neb. 377, 248 N.W.2d 781 (1977).

History of statute reviewed in considering municipal ordinance. State v. Green, 182 Neb. 615, 156 N.W.2d 724 (1968).

Upon conviction, suspension of driver’s license is authorized. Kroger v. State, 158 Neb. 73, 62 N.W.2d 312 (1954).

Under certain circumstances, careless driving under section 60-6,212 should be instructed as a lesser-included offense of reckless driving. State v. Howard, 5 Neb. App. 596, 560 N.W.2d 516 (1997).

Nevada:

Misdemeanor reckless driving charges are brought in cases where no death or injury resulted. It carries a punishment of up to six months in jail and/or the following fines:

for a first offense, $250 to $1,000,

for a second offense, $1,000 to $1,500, or

for a third offense, $1,500 to $2,000.

Felony Reckless Driving

A driver may be charged with felony reckless driving in Nevada if prosecutors believe that the driver’s alleged recklessness was the “proximate cause” of the death or substantial bodily harm of someone else. It’s a category B felony carrying penalties of:

one to six years in prison, and

$2,000 to $5,000 in fines.

If a driver suspected of “reckless driving causing death” in Nevada allegedly disregards an officer’s order to stop or tries to evade the officer, the driver can be charged with a category B felony of two to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. (NRS 484B.550)

 

New Hampshire:

    265:79 Reckless Driving; Minimum Penalty. – Whoever upon any way drives a vehicle recklessly, or causes a vehicle to be driven recklessly, as defined in RSA 626:2, II(c), or so that the lives or safety of the public shall be endangered, or upon a bet, wager, or race, or who drives a vehicle for the purpose of making a record, and thereby violates any of the provisions of this title or any rules adopted by the director, shall be, notwithstanding the provisions of title LXII, guilty of a violation and fined not less than $500 for the first offense and $750 for the second offense nor more than $1,000 and his or her license shall be revoked for a period of 60 days for the first offense and from 60 days to one year for the second offense.

 

New Jersey:

Reckless driving:  A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00 or both.  On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $100. or more than $500., or both. 

New Jersey has an assault by auto statute that does not require the driver to be under the influence.  Law provides that if the driver is driving recklessly and causes serious physical injury, they are guilty of assault by auto.   Where the resulting injury is “serious”, the Assault by Auto is a Second Degree.  Serious bodily injury is defined as injury that involves a substantial risk of death, permanent disfigurement, or loss of function of a bodily member or organ. Where an injury falls short and is only “significant”, it gives rise to a Third Degree Aggravated Assault by Auto or fourth degree.   In addition, if applicable, DUI charges can be added to that of assault by auto. 

 

New Mexico:

NM Stat § 66-8-113 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) 66-8-113. Reckless driving.

A. Any person who drives any vehicle carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others and without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property is guilty of reckless driving.

B. Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 31-18-13 NMSA 1978, upon a first conviction by imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than ninety days, or by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100), or both and on a second or subsequent conviction by imprisonment for not less than ten days nor more than six months, or by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.

C. Upon conviction of violation of this section, the director may suspend the license or permit to drive and any nonresident operating privilege for not to exceed ninety days.

New York: 

New York has passed a bill to enact tougher penalties for reckless driving and create a new crime called Aggravated Reckless Driving.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., the legislation would create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless driving.  Aggravated Reckless Driving includes but is not limited to: 

* driving the wrong way that creates a grave risk of death

* Knowingly or while intoxicated driving against the flow of traffic

* Driving 30+ mph above the speed limit while intoxicated

* Travelling 30+ mph above the speed limit while racing another vehicle

* Driving 30+ mph above the speed limit and weaving in and out of traffic.

Aggravated Reckless Driving would be a Class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years.  The bill reclassifies reckless driving as a more serious offense, changing it from an unclassified misdemeanor (maximum 30 days in jail) to a class A misdemeanor (maximum prison sentence of one year)

North Carolina:

(a)        Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others shall be guilty of reckless driving.

(b)        Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of reckless driving.

(c)        Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 435, s. 23.

(d)       Reckless driving as defined in subsections (a) and (b) is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

(e)        Repealed by Session Laws 1983, c. 435, s. 23.

(f)        A person is guilty of the Class 2 misdemeanor of reckless driving if the person drives a commercial motor vehicle carrying a load that is subject to the permit requirements of G.S. 20‑119 upon a highway or any public vehicular area either:

(1)        Carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others; or

(2)        Without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.

North Dakota:

39-08-03.  Reckless driving-Aggravated reckless driving – Penalty.

Any person is guilty of reckless driving if the person drives a vehicle:

  1.  Recklessly in disregard of the rights or safety of others; or
  2. Without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or the property of another.

Except as otherwise herein provided, any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.  Any person, who, by reason of reckless driving as herein defined causes and inflicts injury upon the person of another, is guilty of aggravated reckless driving, and is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  

The penalty for reckless driving without due caution at a speed and manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger any person or property is 30 days imprisonment, fine of $1,000. or both.  It is 8 points on the driver’s record. 

The penalty for aggravated reckless driving is 1 year imprisonment and fine of $2,000. or both.  It is 12 points on the driver’s record. 

Note:  In North Dakota, “If you accumulate 12 points or more your driving privileges will be suspended. If you’re younger than 18 your margin for error is less; top six points and your license will be canceled.”   That means all it takes is one ticket for aggravated reckless driving and your license is revoked.  Source:  DMV.org.

Ohio:

(A) No person shall operate a vehicle, trackless trolley, or streetcar on any street or highway in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004

Oklahoma:

A. It shall be deemed reckless driving for any person to drive a motor vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property or in violation of the conditions outlined in Section 11-801 of this title.

B. Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished upon a first conviction by imprisonment for a period of not less than five (5) days nor more than ninety (90) days, or by a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment; on a second or subsequent conviction, punishment shall be imprisonment for not less than ten (10) days nor more than six (6) months, or by a fine of not less than One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 

Oregon:

A person commits the offense of reckless driving if the person recklessly drives a vehicle upon a highway or other premises described in this section in a manner that endangers the safety of persons or property.

(2) The use of the term “recklessly” in this section is as defined in ORS

(3) The offense described in this section, reckless driving, is a Class A misdemeanor and is applicable upon any premises open to the public. [1983 c.338 §571]

Pennsylvania:

     § 3736.  Reckless driving.

        (a)  General rule.–Any person who drives any vehicle in

     willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or

     property is guilty of reckless driving.

        (b)  Penalty.–Any person who violates this section commits a

     summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay

     a fine of $200.

     (May 30, 1990, P.L.173, No.42, eff. Apr. 1, 1992)

        1990 Amendment.  Act 42 added section 3736.

        Cross References.  Section 3736 is referred to in sections

     1532, 3326, 3327 of this title.

§ 3714.  Careless driving.
        (a)  General rule.--Any person who drives a vehicle in
     careless disregard for the safety of persons or property is
     guilty of careless driving, a summary offense.
        (b)  Unintentional death.--If the person who violates this
     section unintentionally causes the death of another person as a
     result of the violation, the person shall, upon conviction, be
     sentenced to pay a fine of $500.
        (c)  Serious bodily injury.--If the person who violates this
     section unintentionally causes the serious bodily injury of
     another person as a result of the violation, the person shall,
     upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $250.
        (d)  Definition.--As used in this section, "serious bodily
     injury" means any bodily injury which creates a substantial risk
     of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or
     protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily
     member or organ.

Under the Age of 18

The driving privilege of a person under the age of 18 will be suspended if that person accumulates six (6) or more points or

is convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. The first suspension will be for a period of 90

days. Any additional occurrences will result in a suspension of 120 days. This suspension is in addition to the requirements

of the point system found below.

First Accumulation of 6 Points

When any driving record reaches 6 or more points for the first time, the driver will receive a written notice to take a special

written point examination. The examination will address:

1. Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices,

2. Knowledge of Departmental Sanctions, and

3. Knowledge of Related Safety Issues.

The driver has 30 days to successfully pass the exam or else the license will be suspended until the exam is passed. If the

exam is passed within the 30 day period, 2 points will be removed from the driving record.

Second Accumulation of 6 Points

When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have

to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required

hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver’s record. After the hearing, the Department may recommend

one or more:

1. Order a 15 Day License Suspension,

2. Order the Driver to Take a Special On-Road Driver’s Examination, or

3. Take No Action.

If a person’s driving privilege is suspended or a special driver’s exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from the

driving record if the driver passes the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15 day suspension has been

served. No points are removed from the driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction.

Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Third or More Accumulation of 6 Points

When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, the driver

will have to attend a Departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. The Department will then

determine if a 30 day license suspension will be initiated.

Failure to attend this Departmental hearing will result in the suspension of the driver’s license until the driver

attends the hearing.

Excessive Speeding

When a driver is convicted for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver will have to attend

a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. The

hearing examiner will review the driving record. Upon the Department’s review of the hearing file, one or both of the following

will be initiated:

1. 15 Day License Suspension

2. Special On-Road Driver’s Examination

If a 15 day suspension is initiated, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration. No points are removed if a special

driver’s examination is initiated and completed.

Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Accumulation of 11 Points or More

When any driving record reaches 11 or more points, the driver’s license will automatically be suspended. The length of

suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended in the past. The suspension schedule is as follows:

1. First Suspension – 5 days per point

2. Second Suspension – 10 days per point

3. Third Suspension – 15 days per point

4. Subsequent Suspensions – One year

Rhode Island:

  § 31-27-4  Reckless driving and other offenses against public safety. – Any person who operates a motor vehicle recklessly so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or operates a vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction.

 

South Carolina:

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3815, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO DRIVE CARELESSLY AS A RESULT OF BEING DISTRACTED, TO DEFINE CARELESSLY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A FIFTY DOLLAR FINE WITH NO POINTS ASSIGNED.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 56-5-3815.    (A)    It is unlawful for a motor vehicle driver, while driving on a road, street, or highway of the State to drive carelessly as a result of reading, writing, personal grooming, interacting with passengers, pets or unsecured cargo, using a computer, using a wireless telephone, using personal communication technologies, or engaging in any other activity which causes the driver to be distracted.

(B)    For purposes of this section, ‘drive carelessly’ means operating a vehicle without care and caution and without full regard for the safety of persons or property.

(C)    A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined fifty dollars, no part of which may be suspended. Court costs, assessments, or surcharges may not be assessed against a person who violates a provision of this section, and no points, pursuant to Section 56-1-720, may be assigned to the driver.”

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

South Dakota:

    32-24-1.   Definition of reckless driving–Misdemeanor. Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway, alley, public park, recreational area, or upon the property of a public or private school, college, or university carelessly and heedlessly in disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, is guilty of reckless driving. Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

32-24-3.   Reckless driving–Second or subsequent offense as misdemeanor–Revocation of driving privilege–Restricted driving privilege. If a conviction for a violation of § 32-24-1 is for a second or subsequent offense within a period of one year, such person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and the court shall, in pronouncing sentence, order that the defendant’s driving privilege be revoked for thirty days. However, the court may issue an order, upon proof of financial responsibility pursuant to § 32-35-43.1, permitting the person to operate a vehicle for purposes of the person’s employment, attendance at school, or attendance at counseling programs. The court may also order the revocation of the defendant’s driving privilege for a further period not to exceed one year or restrict the privilege in such manner as it sees fit for a period not to exceed one year.

 

Tennessee:

·         One Point

Exceeding the speed limit one to five mph

Two Points

Sudden reduction of speed

Failing to indicate change in vehicle direction

Illegally following an emergency vehicle

Three Points

Excessive speeding where limit isn’t indicated

Driving slower than the required minimum speed

Exceeding the speed limit six to 15 mph

Turning improperly

Following other vehicles improperly

Driving without a license or without the proper license for the vehicle

Causing an accident resulting in property damage

Others, such as improper vehicle control and failing to maintain control

Four Points

Causing an accident that results in bodily injury

Failing to report an accident

Failing to obey traffic instructions

Passing improperly or where prohibited

Driving in the wrong direction or on the wrong side of the road

Failing to yield right of way

Driving negligently

Violating the bumper law

Exceeding the speed limit 16 to 25 mph

Five Points

Leaving an accident scene that resulted in property damage

Exceeding the speed limit 26 to 35 mph

Six Points

Fleeing an officer

Driving recklessly

Passing a school bus (if it’s picking up or dropping off passengers)

First offense violations of any driver’s license restrictions

Exceeding the speed limit 36 to 45 mph

Eight Points

Causing an accident resulting in death

Driving while impaired (adult)

Causing reckless endangerment

Driving with a canceled license

Driving without a license or without the proper license for the vehicle (while license is suspended)

Exceeding the speed limit 46 mph or more

License Suspension

If you receive 12 or more points in a 12-month period, you’ll receive a proposed suspension notice. The Department of Safety (DOS) will send a warning once you’ve accumulated between six and 11 points.

0400—2—5—.14 RECKLESS OR CARELESS DRIVING. Driving or operating any vehicle carelessly or heedlessly, or in willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of other persons, or without due care or at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under prevailing conditions, having regard to traffic, weather, wildlife, road, and light conditions, and surface, width, and character of the road, is prohibited. Every operator shall maintain

such control of the vehicle as may be necessary to avoid danger to persons or property or wildlife.  Authority: T.C.A. §11—1—108. Administrative History: Original rule certified May 24, 1974.

 

Texas:

§ 545.401. RECKLESS DRIVING;  OFFENSE.  (a) A person

commits an offense if the person drives a vehicle in wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.  (b)  An offense under this section is a misdemeanor

punishable by:         

                               (1)  a fine not to exceed $200;                                              

                               (2)  confinement in county jail for not more than 30 days;  or             

                               (3)  both the fine and the confinement.                                      

               (c)  Notwithstanding Section 542.001, this section applies

to:              

                               (1)  a private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business, other than a private residential property or the property of a garage or parking lot for which a charge is made for the storing or parking of motor vehicles;  and

                               (2)  a highway or other public place.                                        

               (d)  Notwithstanding Section 542.004, this section applies to a person, a team, or motor vehicles and other equipment engaged in work on a highway surface.

Utah:

        Section 7. Section 41-6a-1715 is enacted to read:
             267          41-6a-1715. Careless driving defined and prohibited.
             268          (1) A person operating a motor vehicle is guilty of careless driving if the person:
             269          (a) commits two or more moving traffic violations under Title 41, Chapter 6a, Traffic
             270      Code, in a series of acts within a single continuous period of driving; or
             271          (b) commits a moving traffic violation under Title 41, Chapter 6a, Traffic Code, other
             272      than a moving traffic violation under Part 6, Speed Restrictions, while being distracted by one
             273      or more activities taking place within the vehicle that are not related to the operation of a motor


             274

     vehicle, including:
             275          (i) using a wireless telephone or other electronic device unless the person is using
             276      hands-free talking and listening features while operating the motor vehicle;
             277          (ii) searching for an item in the vehicle; or
             278          (iii) attending to personal hygiene or grooming.
             279          (2) A violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.

    41-6a-528.   Reckless driving — Penalty.
     (1) A person is guilty of reckless driving who operates a vehicle:
     (a) in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
     (b) while committing three or more moving traffic violations under Title 41, Chapter 6a, Traffic Code, in a series of acts occurring within a single continuous period of driving covering three miles or less in total distance.
     (2) A person who violates Subsection (1) is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Amended by Chapter 292, 2009 General Session
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Vermont:

§ 1091. Negligent operation; grossly negligent operation

(a) Negligent operation.

(1) A person who operates a motor vehicle on a public highway in a negligent manner shall be guilty of negligent operation.

(2) The standard for a conviction for negligent operation in violation of this subsection shall be ordinary negligence, examining whether the person breached a duty to exercise ordinary care.

(3) A person who violates this subsection shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both. If the person has been previously convicted of a violation of this subsection, the person shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $3,000.00, or both.

(b) Grossly negligent operation.

(1) A person who operates a motor vehicle on a public highway in a grossly negligent manner shall be guilty of grossly negligent operation.

(2) The standard for a conviction for grossly negligent operation in violation of this subsection shall be gross negligence, examining whether the person engaged in conduct which involved a gross deviation from the care that a reasonable person would have exercised in that situation.

(3) A person who violates this subsection shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both. If the person has previously been convicted of a violation of this section, the person shall be imprisoned not more than four years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both. If serious bodily injury as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 1021 or death of any person other than the operator results, the person shall be imprisoned for not more than 15 years or fined not more than $15,000.00, or both. If serious bodily injury or death results to more than one person other than the operator, the operator may be convicted of a separate violation of this subdivision for each decedent or person injured.

(c) The provisions of this section do not limit or restrict the prosecution for manslaughter.

(d) A person convicted of violating subsection (b) of this section shall be assessed a surcharge of $50.00, which shall be added to any fine or surcharge imposed by the court. The court shall collect and transfer the surcharge assessed under this subsection to be credited to the DUI enforcement fund. The collection procedures described in 13 V.S.A. § 5240 shall be utilized in the collection of this surcharge. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1981, No. 220 (Adj. Sess.); 1991, No. 55, § 16; 1995, No. 21, § 4; 1995, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1997, No. 117 (Adj. Sess.), § 23; 2007, No. 195 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)

Virginia:

Reckless Driving in Virginia is a criminal charge with can affect security clearances, insurance costs, and other sensitive matters affecting government contractors and Military | Law Enforcement personnel.  Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal charge – in the same classification as a DUI | DWI charge.  The penalty parameters for reckless driving is up to one year in jail, and/or up to $2,500 in fines.  Reckless driving carries the possibility of a suspension of driving privileges for up to 6 months. 

 

Washington:

(1) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three hundred sixty-four days and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.

     (2) The license or permit to drive or any nonresident privilege of any person convicted of reckless driving shall be suspended by the department for not less than thirty days.

     (3)(a) Except as provided under (b) of this subsection, a person convicted of reckless driving who has one or more prior offenses as defined in RCW 46.61.5055(14) within seven years shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.502, 46.61.504, or an equivalent local ordinance.

     (b) A person convicted of reckless driving shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.520 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or RCW 46.61.522 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

 

West Virginia:

§17C-5-3. Reckless driving; penalties.
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle upon any street or highway, or upon any residential street, or in any parking area, or upon the ways of any institution of higher education, whether public or private, or upon the ways of any state institution, or upon the property of any county boards of education, or upon any property within the state park and public recreation system established by the Director of the Division of Natural Resources pursuant to section three, article four, chapter twenty of this code in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to those areas which have been temporarily closed for racing sport events or which may be set aside by the Director of the Division of Natural Resources within the state park and recreation system for exclusive use by motorcycles or other recreational vehicles.

(c) Every person convicted of reckless driving is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon a first conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail for a period of not less than five days nor more than ninety days, or fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or both, and upon conviction of a second or subsequent conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail not less than ten days nor more than six months, or fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or both.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, any person convicted of a violation of subsection (a) of this section who in doing so proximately causes another to suffer serious bodily injury shall, upon conviction, be confined in jail not less than ten days nor more than six months or fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or both.

(e) For purposes of subsection (d) of this section, “serious bodily injury” means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death, which causes serious or prolonged disfigurement, prolonged impairment of health or prolonged loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.  – Source:  DMV.org

Wisconsin:

Non-categorized criminal offense (reckless driving).  Fines of not less than $25 but not more than $500, pending extent of damages caused by reckless driving.  6 points applied to license, potential for automatic license suspension. 

 

Wyoming:

31-5-229. Reckless driving.

Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

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