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What are the consequences of reckless driving in Pennsylvania?

When you are a driver on the roads of Pennsylvania, you have certain legal obligations in order to keep other people on the road safe. Many of these obligations will be obvious: You should refrain from driving over the designated speed limit, you should not drive under the influence of alcohol and you should generally obey the rules of the road.

However, not all practices are quite so clear cut. This is true for what is perceived to be reckless driving. Reckless driving is a term that can be used for a broad number of actions, yet it is considered a major traffic violation in the state of Pennsylvania. It is important, therefore, that you understand what reckless driving means and the consequences of such an offense.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving is defined under the law as any type of driving that has a disregard for the safety of other people on the road, including pedestrians. This could obviously mean many things, including speeding, making dangerous and sudden turns or swerving. If you have been found to have put other people on the road in danger, then you may be charged with reckless driving.

What consequences will I face for reckless driving?

In the state of Pennsylvania, you can expect to gain up to five points on your driver's license for reckless driving. The exact number will depend on the severity of your actions.

If you want to appeal against a reckless driving charge in Pennsylvania, it is important that you build a strong defense in order to do so.

Source: DMV, "Traffic Tickets in Pennsylvania," accessed June 01, 2018

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