Speeding and Reckless Driving
In North Carolina, speeding is generally a violation and not considered a criminal offense. Some speeding violations are misdemeanors, being tried through the criminal courts. In North Carolina, careless driving is against the law, and bears with it a long term mark on your record.
Speeding and other moving violations cause points to be added to your driving record. High point accumulations may result in court-ordered attendance at driver improvement clinics and possible driving restrictions. Some violations have higher point factors than others, and repeat violations have even larger repercussions. North Carolina views excessive point accumulation and certain other violations severe enough to suspend or cancel your driver’s license.
- Accumulation of 12 points or more within three years may result in the suspension of your driver’s license for up to sixty days. Then, the total points you can acquire during a three year period is reduced by one third. During this time, the period of another suspension is increased by three times.
- To be charged with reckless driving in North Carolina, you don’t have to be driving carelessly. According to North Carolina law, if you are caught driving 15 mph or more over the speed limit (when the limit is less than 55 mph), you can be charged with reckless driving. And, this violation brings a minimum mandatory thirty day suspension of your license.
- Racing: If you are found guilty of participation in racing, gambling, or observing an organized race on community highways, your driver’s license will be suspended for three years.
In North Carolina, reckless driving is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to sixty days in prison. An indictment for careless driving provides 4 points on your license, and up to 1 year suspension. Fines and court ordered programs can surpass $1,000. Further, your vehicle insurance provider can classify you as a bad or high risk driver, causing even more costs in the future.
You do not want to let a momentary lapse in judgement or simple error affect your record or possibly lead to prison. Jason Wilson is aware that these incidents cause stress and take up your time. Call Jason Wilson for a free consultation. Jason can evaluate your situation and help you understand your options.