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What is Careless Driving?

If you drive without the degree of care and attention that a reasonable and prudent driver would exercise in the circumstances, you can be charged with careless driving.

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What are the penalties for Careless Driving?

If you are convicted with the offence, you will be issued 3 demerit points at the time of the incident.

The maximum penalty for careless driving charge is 40 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The police normally issue careless driving charges for traffic accidents when they feel the driver is at fault. They must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were driving without:

  • due care and attention; or
  • Reasonable consideration for other road users.

You can also be charged with careless driving even if there is no accident or damage caused.

Maybe. Depends on the circumstances leading to a careless driving charge, the court may impose a disqualification period. If it appears that you have a bad traffic history, someone was injured or serious damage was done to the vehicle, the court may disqualify your driver licence.

When the relevant authority investigates an accident or property damage caused by careless driving, it can take a long time.

We have seen many cases where the investigation took up to a year to conclude, or even longer.

This is a ‘circumstance of aggravation’ to the offence of careless driving. This means, if it is proven, the court may impose a higher maximum penalty, or a mandatory minimum penalty which might otherwise not apply.

Grievous bodily harm is defined to mean:

  • the loss of a distinct part or organ of the body
  • serious disfigurement or
  • any bodily injury of such a nature that, if left untreated, would endanger or be likely to endanger life or cause or be likely to cause permanent injury or death.

The court may impose a minimum licence disqualification period of 6 months. The maximum imprisonment period has been increased from 6 months to 1 year (or 2 years if the driver was unlicenced).

We firmly believe your driving privileges must be protected.

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