Florida’s laws require motorists to operate a vehicle carefully and in a prudent manner at all times. As noted on the Florida Legislature’s website, drivers must consider all curves, corners and traffic patterns.
A one-vehicle accident caused by a lack of attention could result in a charge of careless driving. The penalty could be a fine of up to $500 and points on a driving record.
Reckless driving may result in jail time
When a motorist allegedly drives without intending to exercise a reasonable degree of care and caution, he or she may face a reckless driving charge. Unlike careless driving, the charge could result in a criminal record. The penalties may include spending up to 90 days in jail.
A repeat offense could result in a $1,000 fine and 6 months incarceration. If recklessness causes serious bodily injury to another motorist, passenger or pedestrian, a driver may face a felony charge.
Florida police arrest an Idaho motorist for reckless driving
The Clearwater Police Department received reports of a man driving on a Pinellas County beach closed to the public. Local laws prohibit vehicles on the beach under any circumstances, and officers responded to the calls.
As reported by The Daily News, the driver would not stop his vehicle, and the officers began a pursuit that ended in a parking lot. Florida police charged the 25-year-old Idaho resident with reckless driving and resisting arrest. He admitted driving on the beach at speeds of up to 35 mph because he had become “bored.”
It is up to an officer to determine whether a motorist intentionally operated a vehicle in a reckless manner. To secure a conviction, a prosecutor must prove that an individual showed a wanton or intentional disregard for the safety of other individuals or property.