Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving is a broad concept that encompasses driving “in a manner that is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances, including the nature, condition and use of the place at which the motor vehicle is being operated and the amount of traffic that at the time is or might reasonably be expected to be at that place.” Defences to this offence will generally involve moderating the facts as much as possible and then arguing that the conduct even if it was objectively dangerous, was due to a moment of momentary lapse of attention, rather than ongoing marked departure from the standard of a reasonably prudent driver. Where there is an accident and death or bodily harm is caused, jail terms are common, especially if alcohol is involved.

The statement above is not legal advice. It is simply intended to give a very general understanding of this offence and some of the possible issues and defences that might be considered in defending it. For legal advice on dangerous driving, click here.