Two of New Jersey’s most common “catch-all” traffic tickets are Reckless Driving and Careless Driving. Reckless Driving typically involves a higher level of disregard and carelessness. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96, reckless driving is defined as “driving 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.” If you are pulled-over and charged with Reckless Driving, then you are facing stiff penalties, including, five (5) points on your license, fines and possible suspension of your driver’s license. For an immediate consultation with a Burlington County Traffic Attorney, please contact our Office at (609) 850-8284.
Evesham Reckless Driving Lawyers
Reckless driving under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96 requires operation of a motor vehicle. There is no limitation in the statute as to where the operation need take place. Reckless driving may occur on a highway, a parking area or virtually anywhere else in the State. The essence of reckless driving is grossly improper operation of a motor vehicle that threatens others. In order to support a conviction under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96, the prosecutor must show that the defendant’s driving was done heedlessly, with a willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others. The driving conduct must also either endanger or be likely to endanger either a person or property.
What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in NJ?
Reckless Driving is one of the few traffic charges in New Jersey that carry a five (5) point assessment on your license, if found guilty. Not only will these points affect your record with motor vehicle, but the court could also suspend your license or even send you to jail, depending on the nature of your offense.
Will Reckless Driving Affect My Car Insurance?
If you think that NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and the Municipal Court are the only parties that can penalize you for reckless driving, then you are mistaken. New Jersey auto insurance carriers will also take notice of your traffic violations, specifically if is involves reckless driving. Your auto insurance provider utilizes its own point system to track your driving history and determine what to charge you for premiums. As you may expect, the more points on your license, the more expensive your monthly insurance payments. In some instances, you may be barred from obtaining auto insurance through your original carrier and instead be forced to obtain insurance through the more expensive New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan (NJPAIP).
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