Careless driving is one of the most wide-ranging driving offences. It covers many different types of driving behaviour, for example, careless manoeuvres, pushing into a traffic queue, not giving way, being in the wrong lane or lane hogging, driving too close when behind another vehicle, wheel-spinning, handbrake turns, clipping a curb. It includes driving that results in an accident as well as driving that doesn’t cause another driver to take evasive action. The potential penalties for a careless driving conviction, therefore, reflect the wide scope of the offence, from a fixed penalty ticket and three penalty points to disqualification.
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The offence of careless driving is found in section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is committed when someone drives without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other people. Driving without due care and attention is defined as driving in a way that falls below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver. The standard is, therefore, lower than a charge for dangerous driving (which is driving that falls far below what would be expected), although it is also assessed both objectively and according to any circumstances that the accused was aware of. Driving without reasonable consideration is defined as driving in a way that inconveniences other persons. This broad phrasing is the reason why so many different scenarios fall within the ambit of the offence.
When facing a charge for careless driving, the best way to mitigate the potential consequences is to speak to a specialist driving offences solicitor. At MJS, our team of expert solicitors regularly help clients defend against a charge for careless driving. We use our extensive experience and expertise of defending against careless driving charges to help clients maintain their right to drive on the UK’s roads.
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Our road traffic solicitors can assist by discussing your options with you confidentially, and are ready to fight your corner. We provide a fully comprehensive legal service from liaising with the police through to representing you in court. Call our criminal defence lawyers for a free, initial consultation in Dunfermline on 01383 730 466, in Kirkcaldy on 01592 640 680, in Alloa on 01259 725 922 or make an online enquiry.