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AS 28.35.040. Reckless Driving.

(a) A person who drives a motor vehicle in the state in a manner that creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to a person or to property is guilty of reckless driving. A substantial and unjustifiable risk is a risk of such a nature and degree that the conscious disregard of it or a failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

(b) A person convicted of reckless driving is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year or by both.

(c) Lawfully conducted automobile, snowmobile, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle racing or exhibition events are not subject to the provisions of this section.

13 AAC 02.275. Basic rule and maximum limits

(a) No person may drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent considering the traffic, roadway, and weather conditions.

(b) Except when a special hazard exists that requires a lower speed for compliance with (a) of this section, the limits specified in this subsection are the maximum lawful speeds throughout the state, and no person may drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of these maximum limits, unless otherwise posted:

(1) 15 miles per hour in an alley;

(2) 20 miles per hour in a business district;

(3) 25 miles per hour in a residential district; or

(4) 55 miles per hour on any other roadway.

(c) Repealed 6/28/79.

(d) Repealed 6/28/79.

(e) The maximum speed limits set forth in (b) of this section may be altered as authorized in 13 AAC 02.280.

History: In effect before 7/28/59; am 12/15/61, Register 3; am 8/10/66, Register 22; am 12/31/69, Register 31; am 7/30/75, Register 55; am 6/28/79, Register 70

Authority: AS 28.05.011