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Careless Driving

Have you been accused of careless driving?

If you are worried about your licence or wondering what may happen, speak to our friendly careless driving solicitors today!

Careless driving is also known as driving without due care and attention. They are two names for the same offence.

Driving without due care can result in a wide range of penalties. If you are convicted of careless driving, your licence may be at risk. If you think you may be charged with dangerous driving, please take at look at our page about that offence. 

We can also help with causing serious injury by careless driving or causing death by careless driving

Get in touch if you have received:

  • a request to attend a police station interview following an accident
  • contact from the police telling you that they are charging you with careless driving
  • a Single Justice Procedure Notice for careless driving 
  • a Notice of Proposed Driving Disqualification
  • a Court Summons
  • a Postal Requisition for careless driving
  • a court hearing date

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What Could Happen?

The police may give you the option to go on a driver awareness course instead of prosecuting you for careless driving. This is entirely at the police’s discretion. There are time limits for completing the course which are explained further below.

If the police decide your case should go to court, they will either send you a Single Justice Procedure Notice or a Postal Requisition.

You really should consult a careless driving solicitor if you are charged with this driving offence.

Careless Driving Penalties

If you are convicted of this offence and have no special reasons, the court must impose 3-9 penalty points on your licence or disqualify you from driving.

You will also be given a fine but there is no option to avoid points by paying a larger fine.

If you have been involved in an accident and another person has died or been seriously injured, you may be charged with a different, more serious offence. In these cases it is vital you speak to a solicitor.

How solicitors for careless driving help

  • We can represent you at an interview at the police station.
  • We can write to the police to ask them to withdraw the charge or offer you a course for careless driving.
  • We can advise you on your plea.
  • We can respond to your Single Justice Procedure Notice for you and enter your plea.
  • We can write your careless driving mitigation for you.
  • We can tell you how to strengthen your case.
  • Our careless driving solicitors can represent you in court.

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Police Station Interviews

Depending on the seriousness of the case, the police may want to interview you. Our careless driving solicitors can help with that.

It is important that you get quality legal advice before you start answering questions from the police. It can have a huge impact on whether you are charged and on the outcome of any court hearing.

If the police want to interview you about an accident, get some advice today.

Driver Awareness Courses

If the case is not serious and if you are eligible, the police may offer you a driver awareness course for careless driving. This is entirely at the police’s discretion, but we may be able to persuade them to offer you a course depending on the circumstances.

Once the matter gets to court, it is rarely possible to get a driver awareness course.

Single Justice Procedure Notices

If someone was injured, your case is more serious or you have too many points on your licence, you will receive a Single Justice Procedure Notice or a Postal Requisition for driving without due care and attention.

You will be expected to enter a plea. The court will decide whether you need to attend a hearing for your careless driving offence.

Court Hearings

All careless driving offences are dealt with in the Magistrates Court except for appeals which are dealt with in the Crown Court.

Pragma Law careless driving solicitors can represent you at your court hearing. We deal with trials as well as plea hearings, case management hearings and sentencing hearings.

If you have been given a court hearing, you are almost certainly at risk of disqualification and should speak to our careless driving solicitors today.

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Talk to us today about how we can help you with your careless driving offence

Careless Driving Offence FAQs

Here are some of the questions people ask our careless driving solicitors

How do you prove careless driving?

Careless driving is when the standard of your driving falls below that of a careful and competent driver.

This makes it very easy to prove.

Often, careless driving will be reliant upon witness testimony. This means it can be one driver’s word against another’s. On other occasions, there may be a collision report or even a mechanical report.

Can you go to prison for careless driving?

You cannot be sent to prison for careless driving under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act.

However, If you are facing a more serious charge of causing serious injury or death by careless driving, there is the risk of custody. 

Can the Police disqualify me from driving?

No. The police have no power to impose a driving disqualification. The police can only offer fixed penalties which carry points and a fine depending on the offence.

You do not have to accept fixed penalties if you do not accept the offence. Only courts can impose driving disqualifications.

Do I need a solicitor for a careless driving offence?

At the very least, you should really get some advice. We can advise you on an appropriate plea and give you genuine honest advice about the prospects of success of your case should you have a defence. Of course, the ultimate decision to defend an allegation is yours. Remember that the question of whether someone has committed an offence of careless driving is a matter of law to be applied to the facts. If it appears you accept the allegation or that the evidence against you is very strong, we can put forward the best possible mitigation on your behalf, to keep any penalty imposed to an absolute minimum. Often those who or are facing allegations of careless driving, also facing allegations of failing to stop failing or report after an accident. Of course, these allegations make the issue even more serious, and it is even more important to seek legal advice.

Are there any examples of careless driving?

Examples of careless driving include:

  • overtaking on the inside or driving inappropriately close to another vehicle;
  • inadvertent mistakes such as driving through a red light, turning right into the path of an oncoming vehicle, or emerging from a side road into the path of another vehicle;
  • or short distractions such as tuning a car radio or programming a sat nav.

It doesn’t have to be much to be classed as careless driving. It’s often just a momentary negligent error of judgment or a single negligent manoeuvre, which in reality all of us have probably made at some point.

Some of us have just been lucky, in that nothing more serious happened as a result so we didn’t face a careless driving allegation.

What is the penalty for careless driving?

The penalty for careless driving is 3-9 penalty points, or a driving ban.

The court can also impose an unlimited fine.

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