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Popping a wheelie can lead to criminal charges

When you first get your driver’s license, you probably appreciate a newfound sense of freedom. It can be exhilarating to get out on the open road, especially on your own. And if you’re driving a motorcycle, it may seem even better.

But driving requires tremendous attention to detail and includes a great deal of responsibility. In some situations, you could take your freedom too far. And while you may think you are just having fun, you could put your life, and the lives of those around you, at risk. As a result, you could face consequences, including having a criminal record.

Leaving both tires on the ground can help keep you safe and out of court

If you drive in a way that risks the safety of the people or property around you, you could be charged with reckless driving. In Tennessee, reckless driving is a misdemeanor, punishable by fines, jail time and six points on your driver’s license.

If you have a motorcycle or dirt bike, you will want to be especially careful. While you may feel tempted to “pop a wheelie,” or drive with your front tire raised off the ground, you could be charged with reckless driving for doing so in locations which include:

  • Public roadways
  • Parking lots
  • Shopping centers
  • Housing complex
  • Driveway

You could also face misdemeanor charges for speeding through a school zone or driving into a clearly-marked flooded area on the road.

Keep in mind that regardless of what you are driving, public roads and parking areas should be safe for all. And while you might want to have fun with your bike, remember that taking certain safety risks could not only lead to danger, but also trouble with the law.

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