dangerous driving

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The offence of driving a motor vehicle in such a way as to fall far below the standard that would be expected of a competent and careful driver, or in a manner that would be considered obviously dangerous by a competent and careful driver. The maximum penalty on indictment is two years' imprisonment and/or a fine; on summary trial, it is six months' imprisonment and/or a fine. Disqualification is compulsory with endorsement of between 3 and 11 penalty points. Forfeiture of the vehicle used may also be ordered (Powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 s 143). See also causing death by dangerous driving.

Subjects: Law.

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