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Driving Without Due Care & Attention

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Careless driving, or inconsiderate driving, is also known as driving without due care and attention. This is treated as quite a serious offence and can lead to a ban. You might be surprised at some of the things which can be classed as careless driving. You should be aware of what is meant by driving without due care and attention, so you can avoid a ban and keep your license!

What Is Driving Without Due Care & Attention?

In basic terms, driving carelessly or inconsiderately is any driving while demonstrating a lack of alertness and awareness, or allowing distractions while driving. Examples of either of these may include:

  • Messing with the radio or sat nav
  • Reading something such as a map
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Driving aggressively or with excessive speed
  • Tiredness when driving or driving when unwell
  • Not giving way when appropriate
  • Swerving across lanes

What’s the Penalty?

Because careless driving can include such a wide variety of behaviours, there is some range in the penalty you will receive. There are lower grade or non-serious offences, and more serious offences, such as those that cause injury to others to damage to property.

If charged with driving without due care and attention for non-serious issues, you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. This is just a document that starts the prosecution against you for certain motoring offences. Whatever you choose to do from receiving your FPN, pleading guilty or not, you should still seek legal advice to make sure you are taking the best course of action for your situation.

If you’ve received an FPN for a lower grade offence, that usually means you’ll get three points on your license and a £100 fine. Sometimes, you will be offered a driver education course as an alternative. The most important thing you need to consider here is the potential for a totting up ban. If you have accrued 12 points or more on your license, you could lose you license and get ban for up to 2 years.

But, if you are charged with a more serious offence, things are much more consequential. Generally, a more serious offence involves greater harm to other persons or to property. This means you could get up to 9 points on your license, or the court may consider driving disqualification. And, the maximum fine here is £5,000.

What If I’ve Only Recently Passed My Test?

While it is important to bear those penalties above in mind, these laws are even stricter for new drivers.

If you have passed your test in the last 2 years, your license could be revoked with just 6 points. In that case, you will have to pass a retest at the end of your ban before your driving license is returned to you.

Death by Careless Driving

Just like causing a death by dangerous driving, if you cause a death by driving carelessly then that is a separate offence. A government article describing new sentences for killer drivers advises that life imprisonment is possible.

How Chris Rudd Solicitors Can Help

We understand it can be confusing or even daunting to face prosecution like this. That’s why we’re here to help you through it.

We will advise you on the best course of action at every stage and help you through it until the end. And, we will always try to get the best possible outcome for you.

Chris Rudd Solicitors is here to help you. So, if you would like to discuss your situation, please get in touch.

Feel free to call us on 01925 426 048. Or, email us at [email protected].

Our friendly staff can offer 15 minutes free, no obligation, initial advice. We will let you know if we can help you.

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