This is a serious offence carrying substantial penalties. If proven the court is required to endorse the driving licence and impose a minimum period of disqualification of 12 months. After the expiry of any period of disqualification the driver must re-sit and pass the extended driving test before the licence is returned. In the most serious cases the court can also impose a prison sentence. To be regarded as driving dangerously the Crown must prove that the manner of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver. In addition, the Crown also requires to demonstrate that it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that the manner of driving would be considered dangerous. “Dangerous” refers to danger either of injury to any person or of serious damage to property. It should be noted that the alternative verdict of careless driving is always available to the Court and this is a matter for negotiation with the Crown. Legal assistance is crucial in this matter.
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