As drivers in Florida, we all have the responsibility to operate our vehicles in a responsible and safe manner. If we don’t, we could be cited for reckless or careless driving. Reckless driving is the more severe charge and is a criminal offense. It may even result in jail time. Careless driving is a civil offense, but that doesn’t mean the ramifications won’t be severe.
The Definition of Careless Driving in Florida
Florida Statute §316.1925 says:
“Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.”
Penalties for Careless Driving
While careless driving is not a criminal offense in Florida, it is still a civil offense and can result in some harsh penalties. Fines can reach up to $500 for careless driving and drivers can get up to four points put on their driving record, there will also be court costs. The points will often result in higher insurance premiums and if a driver accumulates 12 points within a 12 month period, their license will be suspended for 30 days. Continued accumulation of points has even more severe consequences. If a driver has assessed 18 points within 18 months a license may be suspended for 3 months. Should a driver receive 24 points within 36 months, the suspension reaches a full year. Of course, losing driving privileges can cause significant convenience issues and negatively impact the quality of life for a driver.
A Catch-All Citation
Careless driving citations are one of the most frequently issued citations in the state. Many feel they can be issued subjectively and arbitrarily by an officer who can’t seem to find any specific violation. They have become sort of a “catch-all” traffic citation for law enforcement.
Officers often give the citations to someone they believe may be at fault in an accident, even if they did not witness it themselves. This happens frequently in rear-end accidents. In many instances, these citations may not be warranted. This is why if you have been cited for careless driving in Florida, it can be well worth fighting.
Fighting a Careless Driving Citation
Fighting a careless driving citation is a valuable option, in particular for drivers who have an accumulation of points on their driving record. At Traffic Ticket Mom, we believe that far too many citations are issued with penalties that are unjust. We help Florida drivers fight these tickets, working to eliminate points, traffic school, and court appearances. We’ve had proven success at helping drivers maintain their driving privileges in the state, even after more serious violations. We may be able to help you.
If you’ve been cited for careless driving, you don’t have to accept the situation. You can fight it, with the help of TicketMom.com