New Hampshire motor vehicle law classifies reckless operation as a violation. Reckless operation is defined in RSA 265:79. The statute lists various conduct that could lead to a reckless operation charge, but the most common is driving in a way the shows the driver has caused the lives or safety of the public to be endangered.
The penalty for reckless operation depends on whether the driver has a prior conviction for this violation. A first offense is punishable by a fine of no less than $500 and no more than $1,000 and a loss of license for a minimum of 60 days. A second offense is punishable by a fine of no less than $750 and no more than $1,000 as well as a loss of license for between 60 days and one year.
Reckless operation is considered a major offense for habitual offender purposes.