One of our previous articles discussed the offence of Careless Driving. Now, we’re discussing the offence of Dangerous Driving
Dangerous Driving is an offence that can not only carry a driving ban and fine upon conviction, but it can also lead to a custodial jail sentence.
Article 10 of the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1995 and states:
“A person who drives a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place is guilty of an offence.”
What does the word “dangerous” actually mean in this context?
For the purposes of a Dangerous Driving offence a person is to be regarded as driving dangerously if:
(a) the way he drives falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver; and
(b) it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.
It must be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the vehicle in its current position would be dangerous. For instance, driving with a wheel missing.
‘Dangerous’ is referred to as either danger of injury to any person or serious damage to property.
Not many people know that if convicted of a Dangerous Driving offence, you will almost certainly receive a 12 month driving ban as a minimum. It is therefore crucial that the facts of each situation are considered before any plea of guilty is entered.
If you find yourself under police investigation or indeed have to attend Court relating to any driving offence you should contact us on 02890329801 to take advantage of a free initial consultation.