Careless driving is an offence under The Highway Traffic Act. It is a common charge laid by law enforcement agencies. Careless driving charges are most common when an accident has occurred, however, this charge can also be laid when it is determined that someone is driving in a manner that could cause an accident, even if no accident occurred. The offence of careless driving is made out by driving a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.
The broad definition of careless driving leaves room for much interpretation on the part of law enforcement, and since the decision to lay the charge often comes down to the judgment of the officer, it is almost always in the best interest of the individual to challenge the charge.
Being convicted of a careless driving offence can have devastating consequences. A conviction will result in significant fines and demerit points and in some cases, will result in licence suspensions. The consequences go beyond what the court imposes, and those convicted of careless driving will face substantial increases in their insurance and often experience financial hardship, loss of employment and negative impacts on their personal life and social relationships.
If you have been charged with careless driving, it is important that you consult a qualified legal professional. At Jeff Conway Law, we have the experience and resources to fight your charge and we will provide you with competent representation to achieve the best possible outcome for your matter.
At Jeff Conway Law we have successfully represented our clients on careless driving charges. There are defences that may be available to you, depending on the circumstance surrounding your particular case. We will fight your careless driving charge and help try to keep your driving record clear and avoid costly fines and insurance increases.
If you have been charged with a careless driving offence, call Jeff Conway Law for a free consultation.