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Dangerous Driving

What You Need to Know About Dangerous Driving Offences

Dangerous Driving is one of the main reasons people experience accidents on the road. These accidents not only affect the driver & passengers of the car but can also affect other drivers on the road, leading to either serious injury or even death in some circumstances.

Laws have been created to defend against Dangerous Driving offences. These laws outline the penalties paid for someone who commits a Dangerous Driving Offence.

What is a Dangerous Driving Offence?

Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle
A person who operates or interferes with the operation of a vehicle in a manner that would cause a reasonable person apprehension or places other road users at risk.

Careless Driving of a Motor Vehicle
Any person who operates a vehicle without due care & attention or without reasonable consideration for others using the road.

Hooning is the word used for anti-social behaviour in a vehicle (car, van or motorbike). The offences under hooning include speeding, street racing, burnouts or excessive noise (e.g. playing loud music from car stereo, starting car in a way which will cause excessive noise).

What Are the Possible Consequences?

Dangerous driving offence penalties range from a fine of 20 to 200 penalty points or 3-years imprisonment to the maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. Depending on how serious your charges are and whether you hurt anyone, it can have a major effect on the penalties you face.

A Dangerous Driving offence is classed as a criminal offence, rather than a traffic offence which can have impacts on your future if not dealt with correctly.

What Can PD Law Help With?

  • Legal expertise & guidance
  • Representation in Court

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a traffic offence, contact our team today.

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