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Understanding reckless driving in Ohio

On Behalf of | May 31, 2021 | Uncategorized

Driving without regard for the safety of others on the road constitutes reckless driving in Ohio. Motorists can receive this ticket for several types of offenses.

Review the actions that may result in a reckless driving citation and the potential consequences of a conviction for this ticket in Ohio.

Types of reckless driving

Law enforcement can write a reckless driving ticket for various actions, including but not limited to:

  • Weaving from one lane of traffic to another
  • Following too closely behind another vehicle (tailgating)
  • Speeding faster than the posted limit or too fast for the current road conditions
  • Racing with other motor vehicles
  • Passing other motor vehicles illegally
  • Ignoring red lights, stop signs or other traffic signals

Some Ohio drivers receive a so-called “wet reckless” charge when the court downgrades a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence to a charge of reckless driving.

Consequences of reckless driving

Drivers who do not have previous traffic offenses usually receive a misdemeanor, which carries a fine and possible license suspension. Those who have prior reckless driving convictions can receive larger fines, longer license suspension terms and even possible jail time.

When facing a court date for reckless driving, the judge will review the circumstances of the citation. Drivers can choose to plead not guilty and present evidence to support their innocence for the indicted offense.

Drivers may also receive points on their Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles record for a reckless driving conviction. The state will suspend a motorist’s license for more than 12 points in 24 months.