Consequences of reckless driving


Mila Kellam , Opinions Editor

The first time you are stopped for drinking and driving, you could face the following penalties:

  • Up to a $500 fine
  • A 60-day driver license suspension
  • 20 to 40 hours of community service
  • Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes

If you’re 17 or older and are pulled over for drinking and driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater, you could face:

  • Up to a $2,000 fine
  • Three to 180 days in jail
  • A driver license suspension for 90 days to a year

If a teenager is cited for speeding over the limit, they will have to face the following consequences:

  • Fines: California has very high fines so it’s not unusual to see fines of $400 being cited for teenagers, especially if they are 20 or 30 miles over the limit
  • Community service – depending on the severity of the offense, the court will decide how many hours of service the teenager should serve to make up for their erratic driving.
  • Driving School: the teenager will have to spend a few hours at a driving school, learning safe driving techniques, which will cost the parents quite a bit.
  • Insurance: You can be certain that your auto insurance rates are going to be bumped up significantly.