There are a range of offences that fall under this category. Some kind be minor, but many are major offences. If you are convicted of careless driving related to certain offences, you may automatically lose your licence.
Careless driving, or a section 3 offence, can be defined as driving that is not of the standard expected of those who have safely passed the UK driving test. This can include things such as being too close behind another vehicle, not taking note of the markings on the road you’re driving on, being responsible for a crash, or failing to stop when instructed to do so by either signage, traffic control, or a police officer.
If you are hoping to overturn your conviction, then the main issue is always whether the prosecution are able to actually prove their case against you. This could include information given by other witnesses to the scene, or evidence taken from your vehicle, for example damage that occurred as a result of your driving.
Dangerous driving, a section 2 offence, is more serious than careless driving, and includes those who are way below a safe standard of driving, where that low standard is clearly obvious to other road users.
Offences that fall under this category could include driving at a speed considerably higher than the limit, using the wrong side of the road, or racing another road user.
Things you should know:
- A section 1 notice of intended prosecution must be served by the prosecution within 2 weeks of the offence taking place.
- A section 2 offence can be changed to a section 3 offence by either the prosecution or the court.
- A dangerous driving conviction may be justified based on speed alone.
- It is a regular tactic for prosecutors to prosecute under a section 2 offence with the view of it being reduced to a section 3.
- If you are convicted of a section 3 offence you may receive between 3 and 9 penalty points.
- If your dangerous driving causes either serious injury or death, you will receive severe penalties.
We can help you to defend these charges, by involving expert witnesses and carrying out reconstructions, in addition to carefully examining all areas of the prosecution’s case against you.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
- THE PROSECUTION MUST SERVE A SECTION 1 NOTICE OF INTENDED PROSECUTION WITHIN 14 DAYS OF ALLEGED OFFENCE
- A SECTION 2 OFFENCE CAN BE REDUCED TO A SECTION 3 EITHER BY THE COURT OR THE PROSECUTION
- SPEED CAN BE ENOUGH ITSELF TO JUSTIFY A CHARGE OF DANGEROUS DRIVING
- THE PROSECUTION REGULARLY PROSECUTE UNDER SECTION 2 TO SECURE A LESSER CONVICTION UNDER SECTION 3
- SECTION 3 OFFENCES CAN ATTRACT ANYWHERE BETWEEN 3-9 PENALTY POINTS
- CAUSING DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY BY CARELESS OR DANGEROUS DRIVING CARRIES SEVERE PENALTIES
BLACKWATER ROAD TRAFFIC LAW can help to defend you on these charges. We can assist with expert witnesses, accident investigation and reconstruction, and other aspects of forensic examination of the crown case.