Careless Driving

The Careless Driving charge in Michigan is routinely handed out by police officers to Michigan citizens.  According to the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, the civil infraction Careless Driving charge is defined as “[a] person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream, or pond or other place open to the general public including an area designated for the parking of vehicles in a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property, but without wantonness or recklessness, is responsible for a civil infraction.”  See MCL §257.626b 

A more explanatory definition of what constitutes Careless Driving negligence can be inferred from the Michigan Criminal Jury Instruction Definition of Negligence which states that “[o]rdinary negligence means not taking reasonable care under the circumstances as they were at the time.  If someone does something that is usually dangerous, something that a sensible person would know could hurt someone, that is ordinary negligence.  If the defendant did not do what a sensible person would have done under the circumstances, then he is guilty of ordinary negligence.” See CJI2d 11.21

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