Reckless Driving Becoming More Common Thanks to More LawsPosted on:2/21/2011
|Statistics are showing that reckless driving, a major moving violation, is becoming more and more common in the United States. This is often used as justification for creating new laws to “combat” the problem. |
Statistics are showing that reckless driving, a major moving violation, is becoming more and more common in the United States. This is often used as justification for creating new laws to “combat” the problem. In reality, the reason there are more reckless driving cases is because there are more laws making ordinary traffic citations into reckless driving.
For instance, in Virginia, they just passed a law that makes “rolling” through a stop sign on a right-hand turn (commonly called a “California stop”) as being not just a violation for failure to stop at the sign, but now it's considered reckless driving.
Unlike most moving violations, such as failure to yield, improper lane change, and speeding, a charge of reckless driving has possible criminal implications. Rather than just a traffic ticket, a reckless driving charge can mean arrest, imprisonment, heavy fines, and suspension of a driver's license.
Reckless driving is, of course, sometimes a serious offense that deserves this kind of punishment. But blowing a stop sign is not usually that serious. Neither is using your cell phone while driving, which is grounds for a reckless driving charge in some areas as well.
In today's society, we're often going overboard with our laws and regulations as we attempt to “fix” problems that are, often enough, created by the last set of laws and regulations we created. Maybe it's time to sit down and reconsider how we go about some of our civil and criminal measures. Perhaps it's time to simplify and consolidate rather than continue to expand and complicate these laws.