Examples of Careless Driving
This is a non exhaustive list of some examples which may amount to careless driving, but the Law does not set out exactly what constitutes as driving without due care and attention:
- Driving too close to another vehicle
- Driving through a red light
- Turning into a minor road and colliding with a pedestrian
- Reading a newspaper or map
- Lighting a cigarette
- Flashing lights to force other drivers in front to give way
- Misuse of lanes to avoid queuing or to gain advantage over other drivers
- Unnecessary slow driving or braking without good cause
Causing Death by Careless Driving
Causing Death By Careless Driving’ was introduced in the 2006 Road Safety Act. This can be defined as an offence where someone with a previously unblemished driving record may be charged with causing death by a momentary lapse in judgement or from careless driving.
Although the penalties are less serious than ‘death by dangerous driving’ you may still be punished by imprisonment for up to 5 years as well as disqualification and a fine.