According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) 1212, it is illegal drive in a manner that unreasonably interferes with the free and safe us of public road unreasonably endangers users of the public road. The exact text of the law follows:
§ 1212 Reckless driving . Reckless driving shall mean driving or using
any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any
power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in
a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of
the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public
highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this
provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Although a jail sentence is a possible penalty for a conviction, it is rarely used. The usual punishment for violating New York’s reckless driving law is a fine up to $300 plus a court surcharge and five points on the driving record.
Having five points automatically tacked onto your driving record is significant. In New York, if you accumulate 11 points in 18 months, your license may be suspended. If you accumulate six points, you are obligated to pay a driver assessment fee of $300 plus $75 for every point over six. In addition, a conviction for reckless driving will likely cause a hike in your NY insurance rate.
The best way to combat these points and increased insurance premiums is to hire an attorney to fight the charges.
If at the end of the case you still are assessed some points, you can enroll in New York’s Points and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). PIRP is a safety-driving course that is offered by many private companies that have been approved by New York State .
Through participation in the course, you may be eligible to reduce as many as four points from being calculated towards license suspension. Points are not actually removed from your driving record through PIRP; rather, up to four points currently on your driving record will not be applied against you when calculating a possible suspension.
Another consequence of completing a course for PIRP is that with reduction in points you may see a corresponding reduction in your auto insurance rates.
An aggressive NY traffic lawyer like Adam Rosenblum can help you combat a ticket for reckless driving. By negotiating a reduced charge, a NY traffic attorney can help reduce your points and fees. For a free consultation, email or call The Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-883-5529.