This article was written by Fernanda Dahlstrom - Content Editor - Brisbane

Fernanda Dahlstrom has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. She also completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in Victoria. Fernanda practised law for eight years, working in criminal defence, child protection and domestic violence law in the Northern Territory and in family law in Queensland.

Dangerous Driving


There are three dangerous driving offences in Victoria. The offences are governed by the Road Safety Act and the Crimes Act 1958. These offences may be finalised in the Magistrates Court or in the County Court, depending on the charge and on the surrounding circumstances. They can result in significant penalties including imprisonment and mandatory disqualification periods.

Driving at Speed

Dangerous driving at speed is committed when a person drives a vehicle at a speed that is dangerous to the public. This offence is punishable by a fine of up to 240 penalty units and/or imprisonment for up to two years.

This offence is governed by the Road Safety Act.

Driving in a Manner Dangerous to the Public

Driving in a manner dangerous to the public is committed when a person drives a vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public. This offence is punishable by a fine of up to 240 penalty units and/or imprisonment for up to two years.

Dangerous Driving Causing Death

Dangerous driving causing death is an offence under section 319 of the Crimes Act 1899.   A person can be found guilty of this offence in relation to a bus, car, motorcycle or truck.

A person found guilty of this offence can be sentenced to up to ten years imprisonment and must be disqualified from driving for two years.

To be found guilty of this offence, it must be proved that the accused’s driving caused the death of a person and that the accused was driving at a speed or in a manner dangerous to the public.

This offence can be finalised in the Magistrates Court if the accused consents to this. If there are other more serious charged to be dealt with as well, it will be dealt with in the County Court.

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In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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