What constitutes careless driving?
If a vehicle is found to be driven without attention, reasonable consideration for other people or care, this is known as a ‘careless driving offence.’ If you are caught driving without care and attention you will either receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution detailing the offence or a summons requiring you to attend court unless you are lucky enough to be offered a course. It is vital that you contact us at this stage so that we can advise you on the steps to take. Call us on 0800 0463066
Examples of careless driving include:
• Failing to give way at a junction
• Taking the wrong lane at a roundabout
• Hand break turns
• Drinking/eating whilst driving
• Inappropriate speed
• Wheel spins
• Carrying passengers or heavy load
• Causing damage to other vehicles or property
• Ignoring traffic signs
Careless driving was created by the Road Traffic Act 1988 and has recently become a fixed penalty offence in certain circumstances, but in serious cases offenders can be summonsed to appear in court where the maximum penalty is £5000 with a discretionary disqualification and between 3-9 penalty points. A summons will be issued in situations where other drivers have been endangered.
For lower level offences the driver will be dealt with simply by a warning and can be considered for a fixed penalty with the offender given the opportunity of driver education in many instances.