Careless and Dangerous Driving

Careless driving is when a driver falls below the minimum standard expected of a careful driver. Examples of careless driving include tailgating, failing to look properly, sudden braking and undertaking. You can be charged a fine of up to £5,000, given 3 to 9 penalty points and disqualified from driving.

Dangerous driving includes behaviour that potentially endanger yourself or other drivers, such as racing, driving aggressively or too fast, ignoring traffic lights, road signs or warnings from passengers, overtaking dangerously, driving under the influence of drinks or drugs (including prescription drugs), driving while unfit including having an injury, being unable to see clearly, not taking prescribed drugs, being fatigued, driving whilst knowing the vehicle has a dangerous fault or an unsafe load, or whilst distracted, for example reading a map, using a hand-held phone, lighting a cigarette. You could face an unlimited fine, between 3 to 11 penalty points, disqualified from driving for a minimum of two years, and imprisonment.

If you have been charged with careless or dangerous driving, having an expert lawyer by your side can greatly increase your chances of successfully defending your case. Our experienced driving offence lawyer can advise and represent you at hearings.


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