A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or both.
On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $100.00 or more than $500.00, or both.
The essence of the offense of reckless driving is grossly, improper operation of a vehicle which threatens others. State v. Roenicke, 174 N.J.Super. 513, 417 A.2d 54 (L.1980).
One who drives his automobile at a high rate of speed through the main business area of community, is guilty of reckless driving. State v. Willhite, 40 N.J.Super. 405, 123 A.2d 237 (Co.1956).
One may be guilty of reckless driving, although no excessive speed is involved. State v. Willhite, 40 N.J.Super. 405, 123 A.2d 237 (Co.1956).
Careless driving is a lesser included offense of reckless driving and death by auto. State v. Muniz, 228 N.J.Super. 492, 550 A.2d 487 (A.D.1988), certification denied 113 N.J. 658, 552 A.2d 179, certification granted 113 N.J. 658, 552 A.2d 179, reversed on other grounds 118 N.J. 319, 571 A.2d 948, certification denied 127 N.J. 321, 604 A.2d 597.
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