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Reckless and careless driving are similar criminal charges with vastly differnt penalties. Both allege that the driver was acting irresponsibly. Many times these charges accompany an accident with property damage or personal injury. Reckless driving - the more serious offense - is 8 points on a driver's license, up to 180 days jail, and considered a habitual traffic offense. Careless driving is less serious at only 4 points and up to 90 days jail. Another charge called 'reckless endangerment' is sometimes used as a hybrid between careless and reckless driving.

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Reckless Driving Defined

A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. A person convicted of reckless driving of a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall not be subject to the provisions of section 42-2-127.

Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than ten days nor more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Careless Driving Defined

A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances, is guilty of careless driving. A person convicted of careless driving of a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall not be subject to the provisions of section 42-2-127. Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection (2), any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense.

If the person's actions are the proximate cause of bodily injury to another, such person commits a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense. If the person's actions are the proximate cause of death to another, such person commits a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.

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