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What is Reckless Driving in Kansas?

What is Reckless Driving in Kansas?

In Kansas, reckless driving means operating a vehicle in an intentional or wanton disregard for another person’s or property’s safety, placing them in danger of potentially being involved in a car accident. However, this traffic offense is open to a responding officer’s interpretation and could even be charged in the aftermath of a collision.

Common examples of reckless driving actions include:

  • Excessive speed – Driving over 20 or 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit could lead to a reckless driving charge.
  • Aggressive driving – Also known as road rage, driving in an aggressive manner (e.g. weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, or trying to run another driver off the road) that endangers someone else could result in a reckless driving charge.
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs – From running red lights to ignoring stop signs, failure to follow traffic laws is not only considered reckless driving, but it can also result in a serious crash.
  • Racing – Street racing on public roads risks the lives of both participants and innocent bystanders.
  • Stunts on public roads – Cars making “donuts” or motorcyclists doing “wheelies” on public roads are considered stunts are considered reckless actions.

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Kansas. A first offense is punishable by a maximum 90-day jail sentence and fines not exceeding $500, while a second or subsequent offense carries a jail term of up to 90 days and a maximum $500 fine. Additionally, a conviction also results in driver’s license suspension no more than one year.

A reckless driving charge is quite subjective. Since judges and juries often believe police officers are telling the truth as opposed to defendants, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is of utmost importance. A lawyer can show the court the things a defendant didn’t do or other actions that establish the fact that they were driving in a careful and safe manner.

If you have been arrested for reckless driving in Kansas City, contact Stein Law, LLC today at (913) 583-0465 to learn about your legal options.


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