What is dangerous driving?
Section 2 of 1988 Road Traffic Act states that it is a criminal offence to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place.
It must be proven that the manner of your driving fell far below the standard expected of a competent driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that the manner of driving was dangerous.
However, as well as the manner in which you drive, you can also be found to be guilty of dangerous driving if it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current state would be dangerous. For example, if you were aware that there was a fault with your vehicle but then continued to drive and had an accident, this could be regarded as dangerous driving. If you have been caught driving dangerously contact our motoring experts for advice on 0800 046 3066
Consequences of a dangerous driving offence:
Dangerous driving is a serious motoring offence. The case will be heard in the Magistrates’ court and then may be transferred to the Crown Court depending on its severity.
The penalties for dangerous driving are an unlimited fine (if tried in the Crown Court) and obligatory disqualification for 12 months with a compulsory extended driving test. In addition, the Court may order that a prison sentence of up to 2 years is appropriate. This is increased to 14 years if the death of another person results.
There is a fine line between careless and dangerous driving but the penalties are very different. It is therefore extremely important if you are in receipt of an NIP or summons for such offences, you obtain specialist legal advice. Often we are able to reduce the seriousness of the charge against the driver.
There are various ways in which the court can decide on the severity of the case. A few considerations may be ignoring the warnings of others, driving in a forceful manner, absorption of alcohol or drugs and the number of passengers in the vehicle.
In order to give you the best possible chance of receiving a less severe penalty for dangerous driving contact our specialist dangerous driving solicitors on 0800 046 3066