The Iowa code defines the crime of careless driving as the crime that a person commits careless driving if the person intentionally operates a motor vehicle on a public road or highway in any one of the following ways:
- Creates or causes unnecessary tire squealing, skidding, or sliding upon acceleration or stopping.
- Simulates a temporary race.
- Causes any wheel or wheels to unnecessarily lose contact with the ground.
- Causes the vehicle to unnecessarily turn abruptly or sway.
Careless driving is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a schedule fine as set forth in Iowa Code section 805.8A, subsection 6, paragraph b.
It is important to note that a conviction for careless driving in Iowa can result in driver’s license issues and an increase in a person’s insurance rates. That is especially true for younger drivers.
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