Reckless Driving In New Jersey – N.J.S.A. 39:4-96
In New Jersey, statute number 39:4-96 is also known as reckless driving. As a result of being convicted of reckless driving in NJ, a driver will receive 5 motor vehicle points on their license. Also a person could face fines of $200 or more, a drivers license suspension and/or a short jail sentence.
Since reckless driving is one of the most serious moving violations in New Jersey, the consequences are also more serious than others. In some towns reckless driving is commonly tacked on to DWI or DUI, and excessive speeding charges. On a second or subsequent conviction a person shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine not less than $100 or more than $500 or both.
Reckless driving is defined as one who drives a vehicle heedlessly, (which is a gross deviation from the standard of care or grossly improper operation of a vehicle) in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property.
By Carl Spector