Traffic around LSU and other college towns is sometimes so cluttered it might take you an hour to go a mile or two. Other times, traffic may flow quickly, allowing you not only to reach your destination on time but to arrive a few minutes early. In either situation, the burden is on you to adhere to all traffic regulations, especially posted speed limit signs, signals and stop signs. After all, you wouldn’t want to face reckless driving charges.

You obviously want to stay safe when you travel. The more cautious and alert you are behind the wheel, the less likely you are to become involved in a wreck. But everyone gets in a hurry sometimes. If you accidentally blow past a stop sign or try to maneuver around another slow-moving vehicle, not only might you never reach your destination; you could also be charged you with a crime, particularly if you get into an accident.

Don’t let road rage lead to criminal charges

If you’re aggressive when you drive or you get angry at another motorist, you aren’t necessarily committing a crime. If your emotions get the best of you and you begin to drive recklessly, you could get into a heap of trouble before the night is through. The following facts regarding road rage and traffic crimes may serve as good reminders to help keep you out of legal trouble:

  • If you commit a moving violation that endangers another person or a person’s property, you may have to go through a long, arduous legal process in order to rectify the situation.
  • If you drive a smart car, you might want to make sure you obey the law and (whatever you do) don’t leave the scene if you get into an accident. Your car may actually call authorities if you do.
  • You’ve likely read many tragic statistics regarding texting while driving. Yes, you want your girlfriend or boyfriend to know you love them. Yes, if your parents are wondering why you’re running late, you want to let them know you’re okay and just running behind, but no, you don’t want to risk your own life, endanger others or wind up in jail.

Calm and cool is the way to go when you drive. Whether you’re trying to get to class on time, have date plans or are just tired after a long days’ work and trying to get back home, you’re always obligated to follow the law.

If end up getting charged with a vehicular crime, the charge itself does not automatically lead to a conviction. You’re entitled to due process of the law, and there are typically several options for building a strong and aggressive defense against the charge.