Reckless driving not only is dangerous to your well-being, but it is also extremely detrimental to the safety of others. Unlike other traffic offenses where you might avoid detection by a police officer, reckless driving is one of the most easily seen offenses.
This is especially true when the driver is weaving between lanes, being overly aggressive, or acting erratically due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Think about it; when you are the only car on the road doing something abnormal, your vehicle will be the first thing the police notice.
Just recently, a man was caught driving more than 70 miles per hour while talking on his cell phone. In addition to this, he rear-ended a parked police cruiser. If this was not bad enough, a 42-year-old man, who was sitting in the back seat of the patrol car, was killed as a result of the intense collision.
Aside from driving extremely recklessly, the man was under the influence of alcohol. The driver, who is 32, pled not guilty at his arraignment to aggravated reckless driving, reckless homicide, and aggravated driving under the influence. If he is found guilty, he will be facing up to 14 years behind bars.
According to police and court records, the driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.193 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. The trooper who was sitting in the parked squad car also suffered injuries, but none of them were life-threatening.
The above story is a classic example of how driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also result in a charge for reckless driving. Since it is commonly known that inebriated drivers have a very high likelihood of endangering other drivers on the road, they invariably get cited for reckless driving quite often.
Most drivers who get behind the wheel of a car despite being under the influence of alcohol or drugs do not even realize that they are risking much more than simply getting a DUI. Not only will getting a DUI cause your license to be taken away for six months, but the circumstances surrounding the incident will likely give rise to the issuance of other traffic tickets.
In other words, you will likely be cited for reckless driving in NY as a result of driving so dangerously. Don’t forget, reckless driving will add 5 points to your license and carries a steep fine. Now, instead of just one offense, you have two that you have to deal with. As you can see, one mistake on the road can snowball into several different violations that culminate in the loss of your license, liberty, and even livelihood.
Reckless driving is a moving violation that is generally easy enough to avoid if you are doing the right things. Stay in your lane, remain focused on the road, and avoid doing anything that will distract you. Although these things seem intuitive, we tend to forget to do the obvious when we are in a rush and behind the wheel. Be sure to learn from other’s mistakes and do not make them on your own.
Make sure that you are not like the two drivers mentioned above. If you are charged with reckless driving in New York (i.e. violating VTL-1212), be sure to hire an New York traffic lawyer who knows the ins and outs of New York traffic law.