Careless to carless?
Our motoring defence team advise and represent clients of all walks of life facing careless driving seemingly more and more frequently in Magistrates’ Courts across the country. These can range from the simplest of driving mistakes to driving that borders on dangerous. Whilst the maximum penalty for this offence is a financial one, the focus of our clients is predominately on the penalty points to be imposed (3-9) or trying to avoid an immediate disqualification from driving. There also looms in the background the threat of disqualification for a minimum of 6 months by virtue of the totting up provisions (i.e. obtaining 12 points within a three year period) and so a moment of carelessness can soon lead to you being carless, well licence-less at least.
What is careless driving?
Careless driving, also known as driving without due care and attention occurs when a person’s driving falls below the standard expected of a competent driver or when a driver does not show reasonable consideration for other road users.
Examples of careless driving
Driving without due care and attention can include a variety of driving misdemeanours including: not giving way at a junction; using the wrong lane at a roundabout; eating or drinking at the wheel; wheel spins; hand brake turns; and also performing an overtaking manoeuvre at speed resulting in an approaching vehicle to brake or even in a collision.
What if I am accused of careless driving?
Our specialist lawyers can advise you from the outset if you receive an offer of fixed penalty, a Notice of Intended Prosecution (requesting you to confirm the details of the driver) or a summons to attend court. It can be a stressful and worrying situation and we will be able to give you as much peace of mind as possible with expert advice and assistance. We will assess your case and can provide specialist representation at all stages in the Magistrates’ Court to give you the best opportunity to achieve the desired outcome, whether that be an acquittal or minimising the sentence to be imposed to optimise your chances of keeping your licence.
So if you require assistance in relation to an allegation of careless driving, or any other matter, contact Nathan Taylor-Allkins on 01908 202150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org