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Summary of Legislation: Currently, a conviction for reckless driving carries a fine not to exceed, $200, confinement not to exceed 30 days, or both. This legislation enhances reckless driving to a Class B misdemeanor if it is found that the reckless behavior resulted in serious bodily injury or death. Additionally it authorizes a court to suspend a reckless driver’s license until completion of an approved driver safety course. The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor is a fine not to exceed $2000, confinement not to exceed $180 days, or both.
Notes: To convict on a reckless driving charge, a prosecutor must convince a jury that the defendant demonstrated disregard for the safety of people and animals, and of property. It is our view that reckless driving that causes serious bodily injury or death merits an enhanced penalty compared with other reckless driving. We support this legislation.