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General driving offences

Unsafe driving

Driving recklessly or dangerously

Land Transport Act 1998, ss 7, 35, 36, 36AA

You must not drive recklessly, or drive at a speed or in a way that is or could be dangerous. For this you can jailed for up to three months or fined up to $4,500, and you must be disqualified for six months or more.

If you injure someone through reckless or dangerous driving, you can be jailed for up to five years or fined up to $20,000, and you must be disqualified for at least one year. If someone is killed you can be jailed for up to 10 years or fined up to $20,000, and you must be disqualified for at least one year.

Careless or inconsiderate driving

Land Transport Act 1998, ss 8, 37–39

You must not drive carelessly or without reasonable consideration for other people. For this you can be fined up to $3,000 and disqualified for a period decided by the judge.

If you injure or kill someone through careless or inconsiderate driving, you can be jailed for up to three months or fined up to $4,500, and you must be disqualified for at least six months.

When someone is injured or killed because of your careless driving, the penalty is greater still if you were speeding, or overtaking illegally, or on the wrong side of the road. In those cases you can be jailed for up to three years or fined up to $10,000, and you must be disqualified for at least one year.

Note: Careless driving can be committed with any vehicle, not just a motor vehicle. This can include bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and roller skates.

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