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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