Failure To Drive Reasonable Distance Apart, Intent To Harass

There are many different motor vehicle violations that carry  point assessments. If found guilty of certain motor vehicle violations, this could happen to you. You don’t want to have any points assessed against your driver’s license. If you accumulate 10 or more points, your license will be suspended by the DMV. Failure to drive a reasonable distance apart with intent to harass could result in points against your driver’s license. You can learn more about this infraction in this article. Also learn about potential consequences and how to fight a charge here.

Following Another Motor Vehicle

Section 14-240(a) states that no driver should follow another motor vehicle too closely. The law states that a vehicle should not follow another closer than is prudent or reasonable. A driver needs to determine what is prudent and reasonable based on the situation. Factors include the traffic conditions, weather conditions, speed limit, and more. A driver should not be driving so closely to another vehicle that he or she impedes or obstructs traffic.

Failure to drive a reasonable distance apart is one infraction. If a police officer believes that you also had the intent to harass the person you were following, you will face more serious charges. If charged with this infraction, you face a fine of $100-$300 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days for a first offense. A second offense will result in a fine of up to $600 and a jail sentence of up to a year. Also, every time that you are charged with this offense, you risk having 4 points assessed against your driver’s license.

What To Do

If you have been charged with failure to drive a reasonable distance apart with intent to harass, you have options. You might have the charges reduced if you can prove that you did not intend to harass or intimidate another driver. You can also try to prove that you were not driving too closely given the specific circumstances. The proper distant to follow another vehicle is not specified in this statute. This means that you could claim that you believe you were driving at a reasonable distance. You can establish a defense for your case by contacting a motor vehicle violation lawyer. Such a lawyer can review the facts of your situation and help you determine the best defense. To contact my office for more information, call 800-520-1725.

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