Driving without due care and attention

Driving without due care and attention

Driving without due care and attention or careless driving is a moving traffic violation. As a legal term, it is used within the United States and the United Kingdom. It is usually a less serious offence than reckless driving in the United States, and is a less serious offence than dangerous driving in the United Kingdom, though more serious than driving whilst using a mobile phone. It is often punishable by fines and/or endorsements on a driver's license.


United Kingdom

In England and Wales and Scotland this offence is created by section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as substituted by section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1991).

In the United Kingdom the offence carries a punishment of between three and nine penalty points[1] and a fine of up to £5,000.[2]

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs

In England and Wales and Scotland, this offence is created by section 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as inserted by the Road Traffic Act 1991).

See also

  • United Kingdom traffic laws


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