Careless Driving, N.J.S.A. 39:4-97

Careless Driving, N.J.S.A. 39:4-97Cops in Floram Park arrested a New Jersey mother after a car crash, per the news. She had her two children in the car during the afternoon collision on Columbia Turnpike. The children were not injured, per the media. But one of the officers claims he found an empty bottle of wine in the driver’s side door. Additionally, he claims she had trouble staying awake while he spoke with her. Consequently, the cops charged the mother with cruelty and neglect of children, drunk driving, and DWI with a minor passenger. Furthermore, the cops charged her with failure to maintain motor vehicle liability insurance. Moreover, they charged her with reckless driving and careless driving.

Careless Driving, N.J.S.A. 39:4-97


A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.


Penalties for violating the Careless Driving statute include:

  • Fines: up to $200,
  • Imprisonment: up to 15 days,
  • MVC Points: 2

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