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What You Need to Know About Reckless Driving in Texas

August 16, 2017

Reckless driving is a serious crime in the state of Texas. An individual commits the offense of reckless driving by operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of another person or property. Reckless driving refers to an individual’s indifference to others’ safety.

Under Tex. Transp. Code Ann. § 5405.401 (2016), a driver can be charged with reckless driving even if he or she isn’t on a public thoroughfare. The law applies to drivers on some private properties that are open to members of the general public, such as a parking lot in a public shopping center.