Below are some examples of reckless driving.
- Driving under the influence. Drugs and alcohol impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of drugs and alcohol is an offence under the criminal code.
- Speeding. Speeding is a common traffic offence in Vancouver, and it is one of the leading causes of collisions. In 2020, the Vancouver Police Department recorded a 44 percent increase in speeding violations.
- Tailgating. Following closely behind another vehicle is called tailgating. Tailgating often leads to rear-end collisions. In keeping with the road code, all drivers should be at least three car lengths behind the car driving in front.
- Failure to obey traffic signals. Traffic signals help maintain safety on the roads, and failing to obey them may be considered reckless driving. Running red lights and stop signs, speeding up at a yellow light, and failing to yield are dangerous driving practices that often cause accidents.
- Improper passing. Passing when you have limited visibility is considered reckless and can cause serious accidents.
The punishment for reckless driving can range from a fine to imprisonment, depending on the circumstances. If someone was injured, the penalties increase, and you could face life in prison if your actions resulted in someone’s death.