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Proposed Plan to Increase Punishment for Reckless Driving in Memphis

Reckless driving and drag racing seem to be getting a lot of attention in the Memphis area recently. There is no doubt that the reckless driving tactics of Memphis drivers has gotten worse over the past few years. It has become a serious safety issue that is in the process of being addressed by local and state officials.

As we wrote about in this article, drag racing became an A misdemeanor on July 1 across the State of Tennessee. The new law increased possible jail time for the offense of drag racing to 11 months and 29 days plus the ability to seize one’s vehicle if found guilty. This new law does a good job of stiffening drag racing punishment, but it does not address the crime of reckless driving.

Reckless driving in Tennessee is when someone operates their vehicle in a way that is a willful disregard for the safety of others. For instance, if someone is weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed or doing donuts in the middle of a crowded street would be considered reckless driving. Reckless driving currently carries the possibility of 6 months in jail and fines.

According to an article published by The Daily Memphian, Lawmakers are proposing that certain driving offenders be charged with aggravated reckless driving. Similar to the punishment in the new drag racing statute, this proposed law would make the crime of aggravated reckless driving a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days.

It is unknown whether an increase in possible jail time and fines will deter the reckless habits of Memphis drivers, but it is a step in the right direction. Anything that can possibly keep Memphis streets a little safer is well worth exploring.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 2:20 PM
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