Recently we went to one of those episode of reckless driving that flirt with the viral and make us remember that the road is not a circuit. Speaking of that Ford Focus RS and the Renault Mégane RS which move in a curve with continuous line , inviting us to keep in mind the question on what is reckless driving and that sanctions may result. In this new article on road safety, we’re going to analyze and we detail the fine and loss of points that may carry a penalty for reckless driving, something that can lead even in a crime against road safety. See article: time to take penalties.
Difference between reckless driving and negligent
The reckless driving is the act of driving that puts at risk the integrity and life of road users. It is contained in articles 380 and 381 of the criminal code and is considered a very serious infringement, such as circular in the opposite direction, participate in illegal races or driving without a driver’s license.
We must differentiate the reckless driving of careless driving, this last considered a serious offense and not very serious, intended to punish those who drive without care timely and punished with 200 euros of fine, no loss of points and no haul for a crime against road safety.
Careless driving involves no loss of points but a fine of 200 euros. If in this process of careless driving we put in danger to other users we would be talking about a case of reckless driving
Reckless driving: lack of administrative or criminal offence
We can better define careless driving, bearing in mind that reckless driving occurs when there is an action of careless driving that endangers the lives of others.
In addition, we must take into account that reckless driving carries with it different levels, as we meet in first place with an administrative penalty for reckless driving which carries a fine of 500 euros and the loss of 6 points on the driving licence and in the second place and of greater severity, a reckless driving criminal who happens to be an administrative sanction to be a criminal offense and carries prison sentences of 6 months to 2 years, fine of 6 to 12 months and deprivation of the right to drive for a period of time exceeding one year and up to 6 years.
The most extreme case: reckless driving aggravated
To higher you can make the case that we find ourselves with a reckless driving aggravated, when it is expressed in conducting a manifest disregard for the life and integrity of other users and in such a case the prison sentence will be between 2 and 5 years, a fine of 12 to 24 months and deprivation of the right to drive for a period of 6 to 10 years.
To better differentiate between reckless driving administrative and crime we must take into account that the lack of administrative the have since in danger to others is something more abstract, it has not been put in danger the life of other users of the life in a concrete way.
Examples of reckless driving aggravated: race illegal in the city center
Can specific cases of reckless driving? To better understand the fine for reckless driving, we can put the example of driving at high speed through the center of a city, which will be an administrative fine if there were no pedestrians and more traffic, by, for example, early in the morning, while that will be a crime if the action, driving at high speed on city, it happens with traffic, pedestrians… it Would be reckless driving aggravated if, in addition, the driver driving in the opposite direction, trying to run down a pedestrian, attempted to collide with other cars…