Reckless Driving in New York

Reckless driving in the State of New York is more than just a simple traffic ticket. Rather, the offense is considered a crime, which means a conviction can result in a potential jail sentence and even a criminal record. 

According to New York traffic law, reckless driving means operating a vehicle in such a way that “unreasonably interferes” with how the public roads and highways are used and “unreasonably endangers” other drivers on the road. To be convicted of reckless driving, the court must prove that you showed a reckless disregard for the consequences of your actions and the safety of others, which is more than simply being negligent. 

Common examples of reckless driving include: 

  • Excessive speeding 

  • Speeding while committing another traffic violation 

  • Driving in the wrong lane or off-road 

  • Driving the wrong way 

  • Tailgating 

  • Road rage 

  • Driving across the median of the road 

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime. A first offense is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, a fine of up to $300, a surcharge of up to $93, and five points on a driver’s license. 

Furthermore, a judge may decide whether to suspend a defendant’s driving privileges, depending on the seriousness of their actions. If a driver has earned at least 11 points, then the DMV will suspend their license. 

Since moving violations generally affect a driver’s premiums, a reckless driving conviction can result in a significant rate increase. Additionally, this offense can also increase homeowner’s insurance and life insurance premiums. 

Due to the harsh criminal penalties associated with reckless driving, it is important to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney in New York City to protect your rights and freedom. Contact Stites Law today at (212) 729-0472 today to discuss your case.