Can You Get Charged with Reckless Driving for Speeding in the Snow?

Speeding in wintry weather increases the likelihood of getting hit with a reckless driving charge.
Speeding in wintry weather increases the likelihood of getting hit with a reckless driving charge.

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you have to sit inside and let it snow. If you’ve got someplace to go and have to drive in wintry weather, it’s important to reduce your speed. Driving too fast in the snow or on icy roads can be a hazard to yourself and to others around you. In fact, it could be construed as reckless driving.

Reckless driving is defined as “the failure to exercise reasonable care, reasonable caution, or the reasonable foresight of a reasonably prudent and careful person.” The law is not very specific as to what constitutes unreasonable driving behavior. In most instances, a reckless driving charge is issued when a driver behaves in a way that endangers others. Some examples include going the wrong way on a highway, driving on the sidewalk, or riding the centerline between oncoming and going traffic. Essentially, any type of driving that has a high risk of causing an accident can result in a reckless driving charge.

When the winter weather hits, there are many types of driving that can lead to a car crash and just the simple act of exceeding the speed limit can be very dangerous. Even in the snow, however, speed alone rarely results in a reckless driving charge. A citation is more likely to be issued when a combination of unsafe driving behaviors occur.

Reckless driving is not just a traffic violation; it’s a crime. A conviction could mean spending up to 30 days in jail, plus paying nearly $400 in fines and incurring 5 points on your license. This is in addition to the fines and points from any other charges leveled against you, such as speeding, unsafe lane change, or any other behavior that led to the reckless driving charge.

So if the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside is delightful, but you’ve got some other place to go, just take it slow, take it slow, take it slow.

If you or a loved one has been charged with reckless driving, speeding, or any other traffic related offense in New York, contact an attorney right away to protect your rights and minimize the consequences. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced criminal and traffic attorneys who are experienced in fighting reckless driving and many other traffic offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm for a free consultation about your case today.

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