Traffic Tickets and Violations
Indy Traffic Ticket Lawyers – Aggressive Driving and Reckless Driving Representation
If you’ve received a traffic ticket for speeding, aggressive or reckless driving, or any other type of moving violation, call us to learn how we can help.
In Indiana, traffic tickets can have consequences that may extend well beyond a simple fine. In some cases, a ticket can lead to the loss or suspension of a license, or even jail. Traffic tickets and violations can also increase insurance rates. For these reasons, it’s often advantageous to challenge traffic tickets and moving violation charges.
Aggressive and Reckless Driving Consequences in Indiana
Except as otherwise provided under Indiana law, aggressive driving is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, which is the most serious form of misdemeanor in Indiana. Aggressive driving is more serious than reckless driving, as it is often targeted to specific individuals who may be put at risk.
Aggressive driving can be charged if three or more of the following actions are observed:
(1) Following a vehicle too closely in violation of IC 9-21-8-14.
(2) Unsafe operation of a vehicle in violation of IC 9-21-8-24.
(3) Overtaking another vehicle on the right by driving off the roadway in violation of IC 9-21-8-6.
(4) Unsafe stopping or slowing a vehicle in violation of IC 9-21-8-26.
(5) Unnecessary sounding of the horn in violation of IC 9-19-5-2.
(6) Failure to yield in violation of IC 9-21-8-29 through IC 9-21-8-34.
(7) Failure to obey a traffic control device in violation of IC 9-21-8-41.
(8) Driving at an unsafe speed in violation of IC 9-21-5.
(9) Repeatedly flashing the vehicle’s headlights.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and jail time of up to one year.
In Indiana, reckless driving is a Class B misdemeanor, which may be punishable by license suspension, up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. The following are actions that may constitute reckless driving:
(a). A person who operates a vehicle and who recklessly:
(1) Drives at such an unreasonably high rate of speed or at such an unreasonably low rate of speed under the circumstances as to:
(A) endanger the safety or the property of others; or
(B) block the proper flow of traffic
(2) passes another vehicle from the rear while on a slope or on a curve where vision is obstructed for a distance of less than five hundred (500) feet ahead
(3) drives in and out of a line of traffic, except as otherwise permitted; or
(4) speeds up or refuses to give one-half (1/2) of the roadway to a driver overtaking and desiring to pass.
(b) A person who operates a vehicle and who recklessly passes a school bus stopped on a roadway when the arm signal device specified in IC 9-21-12-13 is in the device’s extended position commits a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury to a person.
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