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What is reckless operation and what should drivers know?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Reckless operation of a motor vehicle is not necessarily a serious criminal offense, but with a conviction, you gain the label of a dangerous driver. Whether it is driving at excessive speeds, ignoring traffic signals or racing, you have a scarlet letter on your driving record.

A misdemeanor, reckless operation is driving a motor vehicle with willful disregard of people and property. Convicted first-time offenders can expect a fine of $100. However, if you have a previous conviction of a traffic violation, you may receive up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $250 in Ohio.

Speeding and eluding a police officer

Regardless, a reckless operation charge should not be taken lightly. This is a driving-related criminal charge that can occur in a number of ways that may include:

  • Speeding at excessively high rates such as going more than 25 miles per hour above the posted limit
  • Ignoring traffic signs, including yield, stop and crosswalk signs
  • Illegal passing that may occur on two-lane roads where you may have limited visibility of oncoming traffic
  • Racing on residential roads and highways by yourself or challenging other vehicles
  • Tailgating as a sign of an aggressive, impatient and bullying driver
  • Weaving in and out of traffic, alarming other drivers and potentially causing a collision
  • Eluding a police officer causing a more serious situation than had you pulled over in the first place

With a reckless operation conviction, you will get four points assessed to your driving record. Ohio drivers face a license suspension if they accumulate 12 points within two years. With reckless operation on your record, you are one-third of the way from losing your driver’s license.

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