You’re heading home after a very busy day when a car suddenly cuts you off. Now you’re angry and you begin tailgating them. They slam on the breaks and you crash into the back of their car. The police arrive and cite you for reckless driving.
This scenario occurs far too often on U.S. roadways. Statistics show that 50% of all accidents that end with a fatality are caused by road rage. What’s more, at least 80% of all drivers have expressed their anger and frustration while behind the wheel.
Why does road rage happen?
According to a comprehensive study conducted by The Zebra road rage incidents have increased 500% in the last ten years. One of the biggest reasons that drivers become enraged is when they are running late. Any car that gets in their way or slows them down is bound to set them off. Plus, they tend to dehumanize other drivers by only seeing them as cars that are in their way.
Penalties for reckless driving
The penalties for reckless driving in Florida are as follows:
- First offense with no injuries or property damage: classified as a second-degree misdemeanor. This carries a fine of $500 plus possible jail time of up to 90 days or six months of probation.
- Second Offense with no injuries or property damage: classified as a second-degree misdemeanor. This carries a fine of up to $1,000 plus six months in jail.
- Injury or Property Damage: classified as a first-degree misdemeanor. This carries a fine of $1,000 plus up to one year in jail or one year of probation.
- Serious Bodily Injury: classified as a third-degree felony. This carries a fine of $5,000 plus up to five years in prison or five years of probation.
If you have been cited for reckless driving you need experienced legal guidance.