What speed is considered reckless driving in Alaska?

I just moved to Alaska and I don’t see too many cops when I’m out driving. However, I’ve read that a reckless driving charge can seriously hurt your record and car insurance rates. How fast is considered reckless driving in Alaska?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Contrary to popular belief, there is not a certain speed that’s considered reckless driving in
. The state only defines the violation as driving in a manner that creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to a person or property.
Instead of setting a certain speed, Alaska leaves a reckless driving charge up to the discretion of the police officer who pulls you over. While speeding can lead to a reckless driving charge, other actions can land you with the same ticket, including:
  • Aggressive tailgating
  • Passing a school bus
  • Road rage
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Ignoring stop signs and stoplights
Drivers with a reckless driving charge in Alaska face the following penalties:
  • 10 points on your license
  • Jail sentence of up to one year
  • Fine of no more than $1,000
Alaska will also
suspend your license
if you get 12 or more points on your license in a year.
To top it all off, a reckless driving charge in Alaska will cause your car insurance rates to increase significantly. Before you pay an increased premium, use the
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