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Careless Driving

If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or on another public place without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he or she is guilty of an offence. The motorist does not have to be driving a motor vehicle but any mechanically propelled vehicle and the motoring offence can take place not only on public roads but any place the public has access to.

Driving Without Due Care and Attention is a lesser charge than Dangerous Driving and comes with a punishment of:
  • A fine of up to £2,500

  • Discretionary disqualification

  • Licence endorsement is compulsory and it carries 3-9 points unless there are special reasons

You may find that a Careless Driving charge is brought against you as the result of a Road Traffic Accident where the police have been involved at some stage. These Driving Law penalties can be imposed on any motorist convicted of careless driving, even if their actions were not deliberate. They could be as the result of a momentary distraction, through lack of experience, even if it didn't result in an accident.

The prosecution needs to prove that you have driven “Without Due Care And Attention” and that your driving fell below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. The Highway Code is often used by the courts as a guide to what constitutes safe or careful driving.


How We Can Help You

Our Driving Law Solicitors will first check whether any of the defences apply to your case, check that the police have followed the correct procedures and if necessary we’ll instruct our own Accident Reconstruction Experts and/or Medical Experts to help win your case. If a guilty plea is the only option we will provide the services of our mitigation team who will ensure you receive the most lenient sentence possible.

Our solicitors can represent you in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and High Court. We will also inform the court of all your personal circumstances to ensure the Magistrates fully understand what effect a disqualification would have on you. We’ll also obtain character references for you and submit these to the court, in advance of the hearing, laying the foundations for a positive result. We will, of course, keep you informed of every hearing date and arrange the best representation for you.
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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.