This week, let’s discuss speed and driving – a topic of interest especially for parents of teenage drivers. There are two types of speeding citations, civil and criminal.
Civil speeding citations carry a penalty of a fine and are issued to drivers exceeding the speed limit or failing to control their speed to avoid a collision.
The most common criminal speeding violations are issued to drivers who exceed the posted limit by 20 miles per hour or more, drivers who exceed 85 miles per hour on the roadway and drivers who exceed 35 miles per hour in a school zone. Criminal speeding is a Class 3 misdemeanor and can be punishable by a fine, jailtime and/or points on your license.
Reckless driving is when a person drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property. Reckless driving can involve excessive speeding, racing, doing “donuts” (driving rapidly in a circular fashion) and other careless acts, both on and off the roadway. Reckless driving is a criminal violation, a Class 1 Misdemeanor, and can be punishable by a fine, jailtime and/or license suspension.
During the summer months, we see an increase in vehicle gatherings, parties and juvenile events. It’s important our residents and teen drivers understand the dangers and consequences of careless driving.