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Examples of reckless driving in New Jersey 

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Driving tickets and infractions are often thought of as minor. Nonetheless, a conviction even for driving offenses can impact a person’s life significantly. They may end up losing their license, being fined and even facing jail sentences in severe circumstances. 

One common driving infraction is reckless driving. In New Jersey, reckless driving is defined as any form of driving conduct that displays a wanton disregard for the safety of others and that endangers property.  Outlined below are a few examples of driving conduct that may be considered reckless:


Driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit is unlikely to be considered reckless. Nonetheless, exceeding the speed limit by a large fraction could be classed as reckless. For instance, if an individual engages in a race with another driver, this could display a wanton disregard for the safety of others. 

Running red lights 

Many drivers have accidentally run a red light. In some cases, it may be more dangerous to slam on the brakes if a light turns red at the moment a car approaches it. However, purposely running a red light is an entirely different matter. This may put other road users, pedestrians, cyclists and children in danger and it could be argued that such behavior displays a wanton disregard for the safety of others. 


The laws on drunk driving and impaired driving in New Jersey are strict. Again, whether or not impaired driving is deemed reckless may depend on the circumstances of the situation. For example, if a person is just over the drunk driving limit, and they didn’t realize it, then this is likely not to be considered reckless. 

On the other hand, if an individual consumes drugs and alcohol all night, and then proceeds to jump in their vehicle and drive home, then this may be classed as reckless because of the potential danger it puts others in. 

If you have been charged with reckless driving and want to contest the allegations, seeking legal guidance is a good place to start.