HB 955

83(R) - 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

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Jason Isaac

Bill Caption

Relating to the penalty for the offense of reckless driving.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000,confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both. Costs associated with enforcement, prosecution,and confinement; and revenue gain from fines imposed and collected would vary depending on the number of offenses committed, but are not anticipated to have a significant fiscal implication.

Bill Analysis

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.