Based on data gathered for the year 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation notes that one person becomes injured in a car accident every 2 hours. Similarly, they also found that one reportable car crash or collision happens every 71 seconds. Judging by these figures, it’s easy to conclude that traffic accidents remain a serious problem in roads and highways in Texas. Fortunately, this issue can be easily curbed through the strict implementation and proper implantation of policies promoting traffic safety.
One common problem that specifically needs to be addressed is reckless driving. The Texas Transportation Code defines it as a driver’s “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Violations that fall under this definition are varied. Instances of reckless driving include going over the speed limit, ignoring stop signs or red lights, failing to signal or give way to pedestrians, and operating vehicles with faulty breaks. It is considered a misdemeanor and could result in a number of penalties.
The penalties for reckless driving will depend on specific circumstances. However, drivers charged with such violations are typically face fines that cost up to $200, spending up to 30 days in county jail, or a combination of both. While the punishment for a reckless driving charge is considered a lot less severe compared to other traffic violations such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), it should be noted that it could still have a significant effect on a person’s reputation and livelihood. As such, getting charged and convicted with reckless driving is not something that one should take lightly.
Policies and regulations for common traffic issues such as reckless driving are definitely essential to help curb the growing numbers of car accidents and injuries. However, it should be pointed out that broad definitions of the law could lead to arrests and charges that might not be completely founded and could be contested. Contact a criminal defense attorney for more information.