Dangerous Driving

Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 2: Dangerous Driving

“Dangerous driving” – danger of injury to a person or of serious damage to property

A person is to be regarded as driving dangerously if the way he drives falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver, and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.

A person is also to be regarded as driving dangerously if it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current state would be dangerous.

Penalty: Dangerous Driving carries more severe penalties than Careless Driving. The driver will be disqualified for a minimum period of 12 months, fined and forced to re-sit the extended driving test after the period of disqualification is up. If a driver is caught speeding at excessive speed then they can be prosecuted for dangerous driving.

Dangerous Driving also carries the potential for a period of imprisonment depending upon the nature of the driving.

The Crown can now prosecute you for an aggravated offence of S1A of The Road Traffic Act 1988 which is dangerous driving which causes serious injury and as a result the penalty increases. ‘A person who causes serious injury to another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place is guilty of an offence’