On the afternoon of Saturday January 18, a man driving a semi-truck was arrested in Van Buren County for driving recklessly after several motorists called in to report his erratic driving behavior, according to a news article at Mlive.com. The man, whose name was not released, told police that he did not stop although he was exhausted because he had deadlines to meet. He admitted that his tiredness was affecting his driving.
15 separate 911 calls were received by Kalamazoo County Central Dispatch regarding the truck driver’s erratic driving according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The man was driving in the area of the Galesburg Exit on I-94 in a westbound direction and upon reaching Van Buren County, prompted additional calls to the Central Dispatch Authority of Van Buren County. The driver of the semi-truck was pulled over by an officer at approximately 3 p.m. after the officer witnessed the man’s erratic driving; he was arrested for reckless driving.
The deputy viewed a four-minute long video which was captured by the passenger of a vehicle the semi-truck nearly struck according to police; the video revealed even more erratic driving behavior. The driver of the semi-truck was taken to jail, and his truck removed from the roadway.
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor criminal offense in the state of Michigan. The penalties for a conviction are harsh, and may include a fine of up to $500, up to 93 days in jail, points assigned to your driving record, and a 90 day hard suspension of your driver’s license, followed by a period of restricted driving.
Michigan drivers license reinstatement attorneys understand the hardship losing your driving privilege creates. In today’s society, it is virtually impossible to live normally when you cannot drive, and extremely inconvenient. However, there are situations in which a charge of reckless driving may be reduced to a civil infraction, thereby reducing penalties. It is important that those charged with reckless driving do not go to court and plead guilty without first consulting a lawyer.
If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for reckless driving or DUI, contact a highly experienced drivers license restoration lawyer in Michigan right away.