This offence is less serious than Reckless Driving. Dangerous Driving is driving a motor vehicle in a manner which subjects the public to risk.
Examples of Dangerous Driving include where a driver does not obey road traffic signals such as traffic lights, or overtakes another vehicle when it is unlawful or unsafe to do so. Punishments for the offence of Dangerous Driving include the imposition of heavy fines and licence disqualifications.
The most serious cases of Dangerous Driving entail causing the death or grievous bodily harm of a person. This occurs where a driver is involved in a crash where a person dies or is maimed.
In cases where the driver causes the death of another person, the driver may be imprisoned for a significant period of time. if the driver was intoxicated where he or she was rendered incapable of driving safely and causes the death of a person the charge could be upgraded to manslaughter.
Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm is where a driver is deemed to be driving dangerously, and causes bodily harm to another person. The penalty for the offence of Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm includes the imposition of a fine or even imprisonment. Any driver who commits this offence will also be disqualified from holding a licence for a period of not less than 12 months.
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