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Careless And Imprudent Driving

Missouri law requires that every person operating a motor vehicle on the roads and highways of this state shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person.

A person charged Careless and Imprudent Driving (sometimes called Reckless Driving) will face costly fines, an assessment of points on his/her driving record, license suspension, jail time and/or an insurance rate increase.

An officer can cite a motorist for careless and imprudent driving, a “C & I” for any of the following offenses:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Racing another vehicle
  • Attempting to elude a police officer
  • Passing another driver when visibility of oncoming traffic is limited
  • Distracted driving
  • Cell phone use while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Weaving or crossing the center line
  • Sudden and unnecessary use of the brakes
  • Squealing tires

Violation of this law is a class B misdemeanor, unless an accident is involved then it shall be a class A misdemeanor.

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