In Victoria, the maximum penalty for careless driving is a fine of up to 12 penalty units for a first offence and a fine of up to 25 penalty units for a second or subsequent offence. The offence of careless criving is contained in section 65 of the Road Safety Act 1986 which states: “A person who drives a motor vehicle on a highway carelessly is guilty of an offence.”
What Actions Might Constitute Careless Driving?
Actions that could be deemed careless driving include:
- failing to do a proper head-check;
- remaining stationary at traffic lights for a period of time after the lights have turned green;
- driving too fast in slippery road conditions;
- swerving into another lane without indicating.
What The Police Must Prove
To convict you of careless driving, the prosecution must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- you were driving a motor vehicle; and
- while driving that motor vehicle, you failed to exercise the degree of care and attention that a reasonable and prudent driver would exercise in the circumstances.
Possible Defences For Careless Driving
Possible defences to a charge of careless driving include but are not limited to:
- identity dispute;
- factual dispute (in other words, you were driving with a reasonable amount of care).
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
Careless driving is a summary offence and will be heard at the Magistrates’ Court.
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