Negligent driving — Second degree.
(1)(a) A person is guilty of negligent driving in the second degree if, under circumstances not constituting negligent driving in the first degree, he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property.
(b) It is an affirmative defense to negligent driving in the second degree that must be proved by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence, that the driver was operating the motor vehicle on private property with the consent of the owner in a manner consistent with the owner's consent.
(c) Negligent driving in the second degree is a traffic infraction and is subject to a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars.
(2) For the purposes of this section, "negligent" means the failure to exercise ordinary care, and is the doing of some act that a reasonably careful person would not do under the same or similar circumstances or the failure to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under the same or similar circumstances.
(3) Any act prohibited by this section that also constitutes a crime under any other law of this state may be the basis of prosecution under such other law notwithstanding that it may also be the basis for prosecution under this section.
Speed 30 MPH over, 2 unsafe lane changes, and following too close…adds up to Neg 2.
I seriously doubt that you can successfully beat the ticket. You may be offered a deferral or reduced charge deal. But, outright contesting it? Don’t think your chances are good.
I’m not sure how you think diminished driving conditions, especially when you are admittedly inexperienced driving in such conditions, could benefit you. Bringing this up would seem to make your driving behavior more careless, not less.
Yes, probably. It could make a prosecutor more agreeable to a deferment or reduced charge.
This won’t help you. You were cited, not your car. This will be viewed as a minor clerical error and ignored by the court.