Frequently Asked Questions about Alleged Criminal Violations in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe and the rest of Snohomish County, Washington

What is the Difference between Reckless Driving and Racing?

What is the difference between Reckless Driving (RCW 46.61.500) and Racing (46.61.500)?
Functionally, the ramifications of Reckless Driving and Racing are the same; each is a gross misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine. In addition, conviction for either crime carries with it a mandatory drivers’ license suspension of at least thirty days.

The Reckless Driving statute, RCW 46.61.500, criminalizes situations where a person drives any vehicle in “willful or wanton” disregard for the safety of persons or property. This statute is essentially designed to punish a person who operates a vehicle in a manner that a reasonable person would determine is highly risky.

The Racing Statute, RCW 46.63.530 is similar to the Reckless Driving statute, punishing a person who operates a motor vehicle in a comparison, or contest, with one or more motor vehicles on a public highway (meaning a road). This is the statute that effectively criminalizes drag racing.
To learn more about Reckless Driving or Racing allegations, visit our Reckless Driving page.

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