Myrtle Beach is a heavily populated area during the summer season. The thousands of people, coupled with the hot weather and the crowded roadways can make for a dangerous combination. Motor vehicle drivers often get distracted or frustrated during this time of year. Have you ever sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic for a substantial amount of time? It may be that as soon as traffic starts to move again, you feel the urge to hit the accelerator, and illegally change lanes in order to pass the vehicles that are still moving slowly in front of you. Perhaps, on the other hand, after waiting for 5 minutes for the light to change green, the light finally turns green but turns red a few seconds later; not intentionally, you run the red light and make the illegal turn. Both scenarios can equal reckless driving although one is intentional and the other is not and both can happen in Myrtle Beach this time of year especially.
Reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. The test of recklessness considers speed but also all other attendant circumstances. Together, the test is met if it is shown there is a reckless disregard of consequences. Driving recklessly essentially means failing to use due care while operating a motor vehicle. A driver’s actions are deemed reckless when they put others in danger. Examples of reckless driving include: illegally changing lanes, running stop signs and/or red lights, street racing, and surpassing the speed limit.
Reckless driving is often treated as a misdemeanor. The penalties can include jail time of up to 30 days and fines facing the upward amount of $200.00. For a second or subsequent offense of reckless driving, the defendant’s motor registration and vehicle plates are suspended.
There are possible defenses for a defendant that is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless driving. For example, a driver is typically not charged when he suddenly loses consciousness due to an unforeseen cause. Emergency situations may also excuse the defendant’s behavior as well. Daniel Selwa is experienced at handling traffic citation cases such as reckless driving. Contact your Myrtle Beach attorney today, Daniel Selwa so that he may assist you with your traffic violation case.