Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving

Defined in the Road Traffic Act 1988 s.2B

  • A person who causes the death of another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, is guilty of an offence.

See Careless and Inconsiderate Driving for definitions.


Driving Offence

As defined above.

  • An example could be colliding with a pedestrian whilst re-tuning the radio when driving.


Penalty

Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 Schedule II part I

Any combination of:

  • Unlimited fine.
  • Ordered to take an extended retest.
  • Mandatory disqualification.
  • Obligatory endorsement of 3 – 11 points.
  • Gaol sentence not exceeding 5 years on indictment in Scotland.
    • 6 months on summary warrant in Scotland.

The penalties for this offence can be very harsh, especially since a custodial sentence is possible. It is therefore essential that a legal representative specialising in road traffic law is engaged as soon as possible.

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