Reckless Driving – A Major Violation

PennDOT has just a handful of what they classify as Major Violations, and among the most common are DUI and Reckless Driving.

A charge of reckless driving in PA can carry with it serious penalties like license suspension and heavy fines.

From this Insurance Delco article, 


PA Vehicle Code Section § 3736. Reckless driving.

(a) General rule.–Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

(b) Penalty.–Any person who violates this section commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $200.

So the first part shows to be convicted of reckless driving it has to be willful and wanton disregard for safety. This must be a hard part of the law to prove because if we were to look up willful;

deliberate, voluntary, or intentional

So the willful part mean intentional. Speeding downs a road is intentional, but spinning out and hitting a mailbox is not intentional.

The the definition for wanton;

Deliberate and unprovoked

So again, spinning out and running into the mailbox is not deliberate or un-provoked.


Just remember that a reckless driving charge can lead to much more than points on your record.