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.

Pennsylvania License Points System

With a Pennsylvania driver's license comes great responsibility. That responsibility is monitered by PennDOT through the use of a points system for your license that allows the DOT to watch how you treat and respect your driver's license. The most common reason for points is a PA speeding ticket.

The points system can seem complicated at first, but as you begin to understand the basics it will be easier to grasp. The most important part to understand is that each violation listed on the points chart (HERE) carries points that get added to your driving record. These points range from 2 points up to 5 points for any single violation. For example a careless driving ticket carries 3 points if convicted. These points will be recoreded with pennDOT and saved on your record for a number of years depending on your number of violations. If you build up a number of points you can have your driving priveledge suspended.

Pennsylvania Speeding ticket points

How many points till I get suspended in PA?

Good question! – You will get suspended after your accumulate 6 points for the second time or 11 points for the first time. The license suspension lengths vary accoring to age, violations, and how frequently you accumulate points.

PENNDOT maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations. The purpose of the point system is to help to improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. If you are under the age of 18, this changes the point system drastically, and you may only get a total of 6 points and you could be facing license suspension.

You may also be required to take a special points exam if you get too many speeding tickets and points violations. This points exam is a test to reduce points and prove to PennDOT you know the rules of the road. I will cover more about the points exam in a later article on