Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving is one of the most serious motoring offences available to the police! If charged you will be understandably worried about your situation. Unusual amongst motoring offences, dangerous driving is an imprisonable offence which is usually tried in the Crown Court.

Dangerous driving – Offence codes: DD40/DD60/DD80/MS50

For the Prosecution to prove dangerous driving (contrary to Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988) it must show beyond reasonable doubt that the standard of your driving fell well below that of a reasonably competent and careful driver. Dangerous driving differs from careless driving. In the case of careless driving, the prosecution must demonstrate only that your driving fell below, not well below, the standard to be expected of a reasonably competent driver. For this reason, careless driving is often available as an alternative lesser plea to a charge of dangerous driving. Otherwise, any trial can be run on the basis that the driving, whilst below the standard of a reasonable and prudent driver, was not well below that standard. Driving which is dangerous is a very poor standard of driving which can be difficult to prove in Court.

Does your offence fall under careless driving or dangerous driving? Check the offences codes here.


If sentence this could mean up to two years imprisonment in the Crown Court, or up to six months in the Magistrates Court. Those convicted are also liable to a mandatory disqualification from driving for a minimum period of 12 months, and to a retaking of an extended driving test.

There is also a new offence of Causing Injury by dangerous driving. As the name would suggest, this is an offence which is made more serious by the infliction of injury to other motorists or pedestrians. It is therefore a much more serious offence.




The prosecution might base their case against you on the basis of the manner of your driving, or on the condition of your vehicle, if there are defects to your vehicle which render the driving of it inherently dangerous to other road users. A good example of this might be tyres with insufficient tread depth.

Here at Keep Your Licence we encounter dangerous driving allegations daily and we’re experienced at dealing with them. However it is important to know the difference between an serious road traffic accident and dangerous driving. To learn more about this visit our previous post detailing cases we have won for our clients regarding these offences.



Richard was professional and supportive throughout his engagement. He was thorough and took the time to explain and walk me through the proceedings. I wouldn’t have achieved the outcome on my own, without his knowledge and experience. I felt Richard was well worth the fee.

MR CLIFF WIGHAM: Dangerous driving – Speeding


If you need further details or help because you have been accused of dangerous driving, or need to find out how you can overturn your dangerous driving sentence, get in touch today via 0800 0126039 or by filling out an enquiry form.