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A driver in New Hampshire is making headlines for her less than stellar decision that ended up getting her arrested. While the snow was coming down, the roadways were covered in snow and slush, and after police had issued a speed warning, Ms. Speed Racer, reportedly, was late to a car stereo installation appointment and decided to floor it.
The 21 year old was clocked at 91 mph in her 2008 Saturn Astra (which is a car brand that General Motors no longer makes, in case you were wondering). The driver is being charged with reckless driving and could face a $1,000 fine and a 60 day license suspension if found guilty.
When Speeding Becomes Reckless Driving
While traffic laws vary from state to state, a common practice among states is charging reckless driving rather than speeding when a driver is caught going anywhere from 15 to 25 mph over the speed limit.
For the NH driver desperate to get her stereo installed, the speed limit where she was pulled over had been temporarily reduced to 45 mph due to the snow storm and poor conditions. However, even if the speed limit were at the normal 55 or 65 mph along that route, she still would have been clocked at more than 25 mph over the limit. Regardless, reckless driving, unlike speeding, is generally an arrestable offense.
However, not all reckless driving is equal. The NH speed racer seems like a reasonable and safe driver when put up against New York City's speed racer, who made a full lap around Manhattan in just over 20 minutes. The NYC speed racer was potentially facing a felony, and to compound matters, before being convicted of a one year prison sentence, he fled the country to Canada.