Are you charged with reckless driving?

Traffic Attorney

I bet in your line of work, people have certain myths they believe and you have to spend an inordinate amount of time dispelling them.  This is like that for me. 

Sometimes people get a ticket they think is kinda fast (That varies wildly depending on who you are…some folks think 15 over is fast, some don’t really get worried until they’re past 30) and they often ask this question: “Does that count as reckless driving?”


In North Carolina there’s no such thing as a speeding ticket that is automatically turned into a reckless driving charge. It might be different in other states, but this is not a thing in NC. If you’re charged with reckless driving, you are charged with reckless driving.  If you’re charged with speeding, then you’re charged with speeding.  You might get charged with both, but you’ll know, because it’ll say both.  But just having a fast ticket does not get it promoted to reckless. 

You ARE charged with reckless driving if you’re charged under Sec. 20-140. It will be either (a) or (b). But you’re only charged with reckless driving if THAT statute is referenced in your ticket. Let me say it again for those folks in the back. There is NO speeding ticket that automatically becomes a reckless driving charge. That is not a thing.

Don’t listen to your friends unless they’re a lawyer, and even then, don’t listen to them talking about traffic law unless they regularly handle traffic tickets. Call someone who knows this stuff. Call me at 919-929-2992.

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Jeffrey Allen Howard, Attorney at Law, PLLC
1829 E. Franklin St. - Bldg 600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(P) 919-929-2992
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