Reckless driving is usually ranked as one of the most serious moving violations. Although the actual definition may vary, every state has laws that address reckless driving. In some instances, the offense has another name but the sentiment regarding the offense is usually the same. Driving recklessly is viewed as dangerous use of a vehicle and a conviction can carry harsh penalties.
In many states, including South Carolina, Nebraska, and Arkansas, reckless driving is broadly defined, meaning law enforcement officials are allowed to use their discretion when making such charges. The Arkansas Code, for example, says:
"A person who drives a motor vehicle in the state in a manner that creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to a person or to property is guilty of reckless driving. A substantial and unjustifiable risk is a risk of such a nature and degree that the conscious disregard of it or a failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation."
In other states, the definition of reckless driving includes specific actions that substantiate the offense. These include:
If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is best to consult with a traffic attorney to determine which actions qualify under your state's laws.