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Section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.

Careless or inconsiderate driving

The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 is committed when the defendant's driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.

Some examples of careless or inconsiderate driving are:

  • overtaking on the inside;

  • driving too close to another vehicle;

  • driving through a red light by mistake;

  • turning into the path of another vehicle;

  • the driver being avoidably distracted by tuning the radio, lighting a cigarette etc. 

  • flashing lights to force other drivers to give way;

  • misusing lanes to gain advantage over other drivers;

  • unnecessarily staying in an overtaking lane;

  • unnecessarily slow driving or braking;

  • dazzling other drivers with un-dipped headlights.


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