Careless driving is a four point traffic offense. One commits careless driving then they drive in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for all attendant circumstances.

The offense is typically a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, however, it becomes a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense if the driverʼs actions are the proximate cause of bodily injury or death to another person. Should the injury constitute serious bodily injury, the minimum mandatory fine is 500, whereas if the driver is the proximate cause of death to another person the minimum mandatory fine is 1000.

If a driver is convicted of careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury or death, his license will immediately be revoked. If the driving results only in serious bodily injury, the revocation will be for at least six months, whereas if the driving results in death, the revocation will be for at least a year.

One can even be charged with careless driving if they are driving a bicycle or motorized bicycle, such as a scooter.

Careless driving does also constitute a habitual traffic offender strike.