Reckless driving laws in Florida differ slightly from laws in other stares. Here are the basics surrounding how the law views reckless driving in Florida.
Florida has its own version of reckless driving. Florida Statute 316.192 states, “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” Reckless driving is a criminal offense that can lead to jail, even prison in some cases, depending on whether it’s the first conviction or whether there are injuries or property damage. Careless driving leads to a civil citation and is defined in Florida Statute 316.1925, which states, “Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the [vehicle] in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.”
Reckless driving can be punished more severely because it looks at situations where the driver is actively doing something that can be dangerous, while careless driving is more like being absently minded while driving. Causing property damage, an injury, or even death while driving carelessly isn’t a criminal offense but doing either while driving recklessly can result in stiff punishment.
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