Careless Driving Offences

Driving without due care and attention or ‘careless driving’, means driving below the standard that would be expected of a reasonable and competent driver. It is perhaps the most wide-ranging of all the road traffic offences and, as such, it is imperative that you take the advice of an experienced and specialist road traffic lawyer.

What are the punishments?

The penalties for driving without due care and attention can include a fine of up to £2,500, discretionary disqualification or 3 to 9 penalty points. Defendants charged with dangerous driving will often offer to plead guilty to careless driving to avoid a lengthy period of disqualification.

Causing Death by Careless Driving

Section 20 of the Road Traffic Act 2006 states that you can now be charged with an offence of causing death by careless driving which took effect in 2008.

“Since the maximum sentence has been set at 5 years imprisonment, the sentence ranges are generally lower for this offence than for the offences of causing death by dangerous driving or causing death by careless driving under the influence, for which the maximum sentence is 14 years imprisonment. However, it is unavoidable that some cases will be on the borderline between dangerous and careless driving, or may involve a number of factors that significantly increase the seriousness of an offence.  As a result, the guideline for this offence identifies three levels of seriousness, the range for the highest of which overlaps with ranges for the lowest level of seriousness for causing death by dangerous driving.” – CPS

What are the punishments?

The penalties for causing death by careless driving are 3 to 11 penalty points or disqualification. Community based penalties can also be imposed. The maximum prison sentence is 5 years and fines up to £5,000, can be imposed.

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