New Jersey Careless Driving Ticket vs. Reckless Driving Ticket: Understanding the Difference Between 39:4-96 and 39:4-97

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New Jersey Careless Driving Ticket vs. Reckless Driving Ticket: Understanding the Difference Between 39:4-96 and 39:4-97

In addition to adding points to your license, Reckless Driving and Careless Driving Tickets can drive up your insurance premiums. Call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation and learn how to stay at 0 points.

The most important difference between Reckless Driving and Careless Driving in New Jersey is that a conviction for Careless Driving will earn you 2 points on your New Jersey Driver’s License and a conviction for Reckless Driving will earn you 5 points on your New Jersey Driver’s License. Below you can read more about the legal definition of both.

39:4-96.     Reckless driving; punishment 

39:4-96.  A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to Stock Photoendanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or both.

On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500, or both.

Amended 1955,c.220,s.1; 1982,c.45,s.3; 1995,c.70,s.2.

39:4-97.     Careless driving 
39:4-97.  A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.

Amended 1951,c.23,s.54; 1955,c.220,s.2; 1995,c.70,s.3.

In addition to adding points to your license, Reckless Driving and Careless Driving Tickets can drive up your insurance premiums. Call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation and learn how to stay at 0points.

2 Responses

  1. Marino Leclerc says:

    I just got a ticket today for careless driving. I have a commercial driver licensed and I don’t want any point on my licensed. Can you please let me know if there is something we can do. Ticket was in inglewood nj

    • corey says:

      If you have a good driving record, I’m sure I can help keep you at zero points, my office is in Paramus. Give me a call at 201-598-5019.

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