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Consequences of careless driving

Even the best drivers aren't always perfect. Many people who normally drive very safely and carefully sometimes commit minor motoring offences, and miss a red light or get caught by speed cameras. However, careless driving is considered slightly more seriously when it comes to driving offences. It can mean quite a high fine, and more points on one's licence than for lesser offences. This article looks at the legal and other consequences of a prosecution for driving without due care and attention.

Legal consequences of careless driving

Careless driving is actually defined as 'driving without due care and attention' in section three of the Road Traffic Act. It may include tailgating, driving too fast, overtaking inappropriately, or creating a risk of collision. If there is an accident in such a situation, the police are likely to prosecute a driver for careless driving. Penalties are likely to include between three and nine points on one's driving licence; there may also be a driving ban and there is likely to be a considerable fine.

Personal consequences

Being prosecuted for careless driving can be a source of real anxiety and trauma for many people. They may well feel worse if there was a lot of damage in an accident, particularly if someone was hurt. They could also feel victimised and that the prosecution is unfair and over the top for what was merely a slight lapse in concentration, or even just an accident. These effects can last for a long time and may be worse than the legal consequences for some people.

What to do if this happens to you

There are lawyers who specialise in motoring offences, and if you are prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, it could well be worth contacting them. A number of addresses can be found on the internet if you do a search, or you may be able to get a local recommendation. Lawyers will be able to look at the whole situation, and ensure that your previous driving record and any extenuating circumstances are taken into account. If this happens to you and a ban could seriously affect your life, it could be a good idea to contact someone like this. Good luck!

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