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Careful and prudent driving--rate of speed, endangering person or property--violation, penalty , section: 304.012

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Substantive DUI/Excess Alcohol Offense, Missouri "C&I" Careless and Imprudent Driving Statute

1. Every person operating a motor vehicle on the roads and highways of this state shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.

2. Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, unless an accident is involved then it shall be a class A misdemeanor.

Comments : This is a common companion charge to a DWI in Missouri.

Some Missouri C&I Caselaw:

Riding lawn mower was "motor vehicle," and thus driver of mower owed bicyclist the highest degree of care, where mower was used on the street. Stonger ex rel. Stonger v. Riggs 85 S.W.3d 703(Mo.App. W.D. 2002).

Nine-year-old bicyclist was required to exercise the highest degree of care on a public street, since standard applicable to motor vehicle drivers, which made no exception for minors, was not by its nature inapplicable to bicyclists and was therefore incorporated into statutes governing bicyclists' rights and duties. Root By and Through Root v. Mudd, 981 S.W.2d 651(App. W.D. 1998)rehearing and/or transfer denied.

Evidence was insufficient to establish that defendant was "operating" motor vehicle as required for careless and imprudent driving conviction, even though she was found in truck that had struck ditch off of highway; there was no evidence indicating that the truck's engine was running, that any of the truck's lights were on, that the key was in the ignition, that defendant was ever found behind the wheel, that the engine or passenger compartment was warm, that defendant admitted driving the truck, that the truck was registered to defendant, or that defendant was seen attempting to drive the truck. State v. Thurston, 84 S.W.3d 536(Mo.App. S.D. 2002).

Missouri DUI / DWI / BAC DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE

FURTHER INFORMATION:

J. Matthew Guilfoil, The Guilfoil Law Group, L.L.C. 1656 Washington, Suite 220 Kansas City, Missouri 64108 (816) 842-3717 phone, 1-877-DWI-MATT Toll Free Number; Email: info@guilfoillawgroup.com.

Practice in the following Regions, Cities, and Counties in Missouri.

KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN AREA

Cass County. Archie, Austin, Belton, Cleveland, East Lynne, Freeman, Garden City, Harrisonville, Lake Annette, Latour, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Strasburg, West Line, 64012, 64078, 64080, 64083, 64090, 64701, 64725, 64734, 64743, 64746, 64747.

Clay County. Avondale, Birmingham, Claycomo, Crystal Lakes, Excelsior Estates, Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Holt, Homestead Village, Kansas City, Kearney, Liberty, Mosby, North Kansas City, Pleasant Valley, Randolph, Smithville, Wood Heights. 64024, 64048, 64060, 64068, 64069, 64072, 64073, 64089, 64116, 64117, 64118, 64119, 64155, 64156, 64157, 64158, 64160, 64161, 64165, 64166, 64167.

Jackson County. Blues Springs, Buckner, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lee's Summit, Levasy, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Raytown, Sibley, Sugar Creek. 64013, 64014, 64015, 64016, 64029, 64030, 64034, 64050, 64051, 64052, 64053, 64054, 64055, 64056, 64057, 64058, 64063, 64064, 64066, 64070, 64075, 64081, 64082, 64086, 64088, 64101, 64102, 64103, 64105, 64106, 64108, 64109, 64110, 64111, 64112, 64113, 64114, 64120, 64121, 64123, 64124, 64125, 64126, 64127, 64128, 64129, 64130, 64131, 64132, 64133, 64134, 64136, 64137, 64138, 64139, 64141, 64142, 64145, 64146, 64157, 64148, 64149, 64179, 64188, 64191, 64192, 64196, 64199, 64171, 64172.

Platte County. Camden Point, Dearborn, Farley, Edgerton, Ferrelview, Houston Lake, Kansas City, Lake Waukomis, Parkville, Platte City, Platte Woods, Riverside, Waldron, Weatherby Lake, Weston. 64018, 64028, 64079, 64092, 64098, 64108, 64150, 64151, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64163, 64164, 64168, 64190, 64195, 64439, 64444.

Ray County. Camden, Hardin, Henrietta, Elmira, Lawson, Orrick, Rayville, Richmond. 64017, 64035, 64036, 64062, 64077, 64084, 64085.

Other Areas of Service in Missouri

Andrew County. Rea, Rosendale, Savannah. 64480, 64483, 64485.

Bates County. Adrian, Amoret, Amsterdam, Butler, Drexel, Foster, Hume, Stotesbury, Passaic, Rich Hill, Rockville. 64720, 64722, 64723, 64730, 64742, 64745, 64752, 64777, 64779, 64780.

Boone County. Ashland, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Hartsburg, McBaine, Rocheport, Sturgeon. 65010, 65039, 65201, 65202, 65203, 65205, 65240, 65255, 65256, 65279, 65284.

Buchanan County. Agency, De Kalb, Easton, Faucett, Rushville, St. Joseph. 64400, 64401, 64443, 64448, 64484, 64501, 64502, 64503, 64504, 64505, 64506, 64507, 64508.

Caldwell County. Braymer, Breckenridge, Cowgill, Hamilton, Kidder, Kingston. 64624, 64625, 64637, 64644, 64649, 64650.

Carroll County. Bogard, Bosworth, Carrollton, De Witt, Hale, Norborne, Stet, Tina, Wakenda. 64622, 64623, 64633, 64639, 64643, 64668, 64680, 64682, 64687.

Chariton County. Mendon, Rothville, Sumner. 64660, 64676, 64681.

Clinton County. Cameron, Gower, Lathrop, Plattsburg, Trimble, Turney. 64429, 64454, 64465, 64477, 64492, 64493.

Cooper County. Blackwater, Boonville, Bunceton, Otterville, Pilot Grove, Prairie Home, Wooldridge. 65068, 65233, 65237.

Daviess County. Altamount, Coffey, Gallatin, Jameson, Jamesport, Lock Springs, Pattonsburg, Winston. 64620, 64636, 64640, 64647, 64648, 64654, 64670, 64689.

De Kalb County. Amity, Clarksdale, Fairport, Hemple, Maysville, Osborn, Stewartsville, Union Star, Weatherby. 64422, 64430, 64447, 64469, 64474, 64490, 64494, 64497.

Gentry County. Albany, Darlington, Gentry, King City, McFall, Stanberry. 64402, 64438, 64453, 64463, 64489, 64657.

Grundy County. Galt, Laredo, Spickard, Trenton. 64641, 64652, 64679, 64683.

Harrison County. Bethany, Blythedale, Brimson, Cainsville, Eagleville, Gilman City, Hatfield, Martinsville, Mount Moriah, New Hampton, Ridgeway. 64424, 64426, 64442, 64458, 64467, 64471, 64481, 64632, 64642.

Henry County. Blairstown, Calhoun, Clinton, Creighton, Deepwater, Montrose, Tightwad, Urich, Windsor. 64726, 64735, 64739, 64740, 64770, 64788, 65323, 65360.

Holt County. Bigelow, Corning, Craig, Fortescue. 64437.

Howard County. Armstrong, Fayette, Franklin, Glasgow, New Franklin. 65230, 65248, 65250, 65254, 65274.

Johnson County. Centerview, Holden, Warrensburg, Chilhowee, Kingsville, Leeton, Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster. 64019, 64040, 64061, 64093, 64733, 64761, 65305, 65336.

Lafayette County. Alma, Bates City, Concordia, Corder, Dover, Higginsville, Lexington, Mayview, Napoleon, Odessa, Waverly, Wellington. 64001, 64011, 64020, 64021, 64022, 64037, 64067, 64071, 64074, 64076, 64096, 64097.

Linn County. Brookfield, Browning, Buckin, Laclede, Linneus, Marceline, Meadville, New Boston, Purdin, St. Catherine. 63557, 64628, 64630, 64631, 64653, 64658, 64659, 64674.

Livingston County. Avalon, Chillicothe, Chula, Dawn, Ludlow, Mooresville, Utica, Wheeling. 64601, 64635, 64638, 64656, 64664, 64686, 64688. Macon County. Anabel, Atlanta, Bevier, Callao, Elmer, Ethel, Excello, La Plata, Macon, New Cambria. 63431, 63530, 63532, 63534, 63538, 63539, 63549, 63552, 63558, 65247.

Mercer County. Mercer, Princeton. 64661, 64673.

Pettis County. Green Ridge, Houstonia, Hughesville, La Monte, Mora, Sedalia, Smithton. 65301, 65302, 65332, 65333, 65334, 65337, 65345, 65350.

Putnam County. Livonia, Lucerne, Powersville, Unionville, Worthington. 63551, 63565, 63567, 64655, 64672.

Saline County. Arrow Rock, Blackburn, Gilliam, Grand Pass, Malta Bend, Marshall, Napton, Miami, Nelson, Slater, Sweet Springs. 65320, 65321, 65330, 65339, 65340, 65344, 65347, 65349, 65351.

Sullivan County. Green Castle, Green City, Harris, Humphreys, Milan, Newton, Pollock, Winigan. 63544, 63545, 63556, 63560, 63566, 64645, 64646, 64667.

Worth County. Allendale, Denver, Grant City, Sheridan, Worth.

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