What Is Dangerous Driving?

The main difference between dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention is that while part of the definition of the two offences is similar, namely; that the standard of your driving falls below that expected from a prudent and reasonable driver, BUT ALSO; that the standard of your driving was obviously dangerous to a careful and prudent driver.

Additionally, in 2012 a new offence of causing injury by dangerous driving was introduced with a maximum 3-11 points and up to 5 years in prison. This offence sits between dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

Driving a Dangerous Vehicle Knowingly

If you intentionally drive a dangerous vehicle or a vehicle in an obviously unroadworthy condition on the road then you can also be prosecuted for dangerous driving.

Aiding & Abetting

This element of the dangerous driving law can make other people equally culpable as the driver committing the offence. This is used for ‘joy riding’ offences quite frequently.

You can also be prosecuted for this offence for a host of other offences, for example if you are found speeding with a very high speed & the prosecution are seeking a custodial sentence, or where mobile phone use can’t be proven following an accident.

Offence Codes; DD40, DD60, DD80, DD90

Defending Dangerous Allegations

  • Argue that the standard of your driving didn’t fall below that expected.
  • Personal Safety – Fleeing from a road rage attack
  • A previously undiscovered mechanical fault
  • Being deprived of control by a sudden debilitating illness or medical complaint. (Not pre-existing conditions)

As a serious offence, defending allegations of ‘dangerous’ carry the real risk of a prison sentence. Defending these allegations is possible, especially the possibility of getting the allegations reduced to undue care and attention.



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