Driving without due care and attention

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Driving without due care and attention or careless driving is a legal term for a particular type of moving traffic violation in the United States, Canada (at least in Ontario[1]), the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It is often punishable by fines or endorsements on a driver's license.

It is usually a less serious offence than reckless driving (United States) or dangerous driving (United Kingdom), though more serious than driving whilst using a mobile phone.

United Kingdom[edit]

In England and Wales and Scotland this offence was created by section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as substituted by section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1991). It carries a punishment of between three and nine penalty points[2] and a fine of up to £5,000.[3]

The same act also created the offence of "Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs" by section 3A (as inserted by the Road Traffic Act 1991).

Examples of concentration lapses include being distracted by passengers, adjusting the radio and looking at satellite navigation systems. Prosecutions generally only occur when there has been an accident.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.ontario.ca/page/understanding-demerit-points
  2. ^ When endorsements and penalty points can be removed from a driving licence : Directgov - Motoring
  3. ^ "Careless Driving / Driving Without Due Care and Attention". motorlawyers.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Driving Without Due Care & Attention". Specialist Motoring Lawyer. Neil Colville. Retrieved 17 May 2016.