Careless Driving- Statutory Offence : ROAD SAFETY ACT 1986 - SECT 65

Elements Prosecution Must Prove

1- Accused was driving a motor vehicle
2- Without the care and attention expected of a reasonable driver

What is careless?

Careless driving charges are usually brought about following a motor vehicle accident that was caused by one party failing to abide by road rules such as failing to keep a proper distance or speeding.

Note that careless driving is a lesser alternative charge to that of dangerous driving.


Involves a fine of 6 penalty units for a first offence, or 12 penalty units for a subsequent offence.

Also attracts 3 demerit points.

Related offences

  1. Culpable Driving Causing Death
  2. Dangerous Driving
  3. Speeding
  4. Drink Driving / Drive Under the influence (DUI)
  5. Exceed Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA)
  6. Fail to Furnish a Breath Sample / Refuse to Accompany a Police Officer


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