In the state of Oregon reckless driving is defined as ” willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.” Oregon has a specific statute for a kind of reckless driving that is very dangerous, street racing. Statute 4511.251 states that when 2 cars start at the same point on a public road and speed beyond the posted speed limit in an attempt for one driver to get to another point first, that is street racing.
The penalties for a street racing charge are:
• Suspension of license for at least 30 days or up to 3 years, a judge cannot undo the first 30 days
• Any other charge applicable if there is property damage
• Manslaughter if someone dies
Street racing is a Class A violation as well as a misdemeanor charge. Since street racing is so dangerous because it usually happens on public streets and causes extensive damage to property, cars and possible death or severe injury; the Oregon Department of Transportation safety manager has further comment on it. He says that “any speed competition, acceleration contest, physical endurance test, making a speed record, or exhibition of speed or acceleration on a public highway” should be considered speed racing.
Racing is definitely a willful and wanton disregard for others and should never be attempted, the risk is to great. If a driver is charged with reckless driving, they need a skillful Oregon attorney to assist them through the process.