Differences and similarities between Careless and Reckless driving
Operating a vehicle unsafely can result in a conviction and/or a crash. This is basically the similarity between careless and reckless driving, both dangerous in same magnitude, and with the potential power to change anyone’s life, these offenses are treated by law in differents ways.
Why the law treat them in different ways? Because not all drivers are driving with the same state of min, careless driving basically consists in operating a vehicle when the driver fails to exercise reasonable care for safety, but doing it unintentionally. While reckless driving is when the driver lack of care is severe, doing something purposely that creates an unnecessary and substantial risk of harm to somebody or something else
Reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation. As a legal term, it is used within the United States.
It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver’s license suspension or revocation.
Reckless driving is often defined as a mental state in which the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road; the driver often misjudges common driving procedures, often causing accidents and other damages.
Reckless driving has been studied by psychologists, however, no one cause can be assigned to this state. There are some states, such as Virginia, where mental state is not considered, but rather a set of specific violations can be deemed reckless. Excessive speed by itself is sufficient for a reckless driving conviction in some jurisdictions.
Here you have some details of how recklees driving is treated by Florida Laws:
Florida Statutes Section 316.192: Reckless Driving
- (1)(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
- (b) Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is reckless driving per se.
- (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), any person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished:
- (a) Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days or by fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
- (b) On a second or subsequent conviction, by imprisonment for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
- (3) Any person:
- (a) Who is in violation of subsection (1);
- (b) Who operates a vehicle; and
- (c) Who, by reason of such operation, causes:
- 1. Damage to the property or person of another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
- 2. Serious bodily injury to another commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. The term “serious bodily injury” means an injury to another person, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
- (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, $5 shall be added to a fine imposed pursuant to this section. The clerk shall remit the $5 to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund.
- (5) In addition to any other penalty provided under this section, if the court has reasonable cause to believe that the use of alcohol, chemical substances set forth in s. 877.111, or substances controlled under chapter 893 contributed to a violation of this section, the court shall direct the person so convicted to complete a DUI program substance abuse.