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What is reckless driving in Maine?

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When you are accused of committing a driving offense but you were not intoxicated and did not cause a loss of life, you may be charged with driving to endanger. This is a very broad law that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Because of this, there are many circumstances that can lead to a charge for driving to endanger. Under Title 29-A §2413: Driving to endanger is defined as the following:

A person commits a Class E crime if, with criminal negligence as defined in Title 17-A, that person drives a motor vehicle in any place in a manner that endangers the property of another or a person, including the operator or passenger in the motor vehicle being driven.

Basically, any driving offense that is extreme can lead to a driving to endanger charge. If police believe that your actions deserve beyond a simple traffic ticket, you could face these charges. No accident or property damage has to have occurred either; reckless driving implies that something could have easily happened. Some examples include:

  • Driving under the influence,
  • Excessive speeding,
  • Using a cell phone or texting while driving,
  • Swerving in between lanes,
  • Disobeying street signs.

This is only a sample of what can lead to a reckless charge. If an accident is caused due to your reckless driving and someone is badly hurt, you can face additional charges for an aggravated offense. Aggravated driving to endanger is much more serious and is treated as a Class C crime.

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