We all know that when you hear the sirens and see the lights of an Aurora Police car or other Arapahoe County emergency vehicle, you get out of the way as quickly as possible. But what happens when you can't get out of the way? It seems that according to Colorado law, someone has to get criminally charged. At least that appears to be the case with an Arapahoe County Sheriff deputy who was recently charged with Careless Driving Causing Injury after colliding with a Colorado State Trooper in an unmarked car. Both officers were responding to a road rage incident involving a deadly weapon when the crash occurred. Both officers suffered serious injuries, according to the report. The Arapahoe County deputy was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, which might explain why he was the one who ended up with the charges and is being held responsible for the crash.
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Denver Careless Driving Lawyer: Definition of Careless Driving in Jefferson County
The Denver and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Careless Driving – C.R.S. 42-4-1402 – is:
“A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances, is guilty of careless driving.”
This law is very vague, which is what makes it easy for Denver police to pull you over. A slight swerve into another lane, driving too fast on icy roads, or even taking a right turn too quickly can result in a Careless Driving ticket. Usually, any sort of car accident will result in one driver being ticketed for Careless Driving or the harsher Reckless Driving.
Adams County Sentence / Punishment for Careless Driving Causing Injury in Douglas County
In Adams and Douglas County, Colorado Careless Driving is a misdemeanor traffic offense. If someone gets a ticket for careless driving where no one was hurt, then it is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense. If the Careless Driving results in injury or death, then it is a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense. A Careless Driving or Careless Driving Causing Injury conviction will add 4 points to your Colorado Driver's License. Careless Driving Causing Death will add 12 points and automatically suspend your license.
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