Drivers are expected to drive with care and attention at all times to ensure that they are not a risk to themselves and others on the road.
Occasionally a driver might be distracted by someone or something that could cause them to drive without the required care and attention, and they can then be charged with the offence of careless driving.
This type of offence is very common where a person has been involved in an accident. For example, you take your eyes off the road for an excessive period of time to change the radio station and as a result, you don’t see that the traffic in front of you has stopped and you are involved in an accident. In situations like this, it is likely that you’ll be charged with careless driving.
It’s important to note however, that you can still be charged with careless driving even if you were not involved in an accident as a result. The test is whether you were driving with due care and attention or not, rather than what the impact of your driving was.
The penalty for careless driving includes a fine and the loss of demerit points. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, a Magistrate may also disqualify your driver’s licence for a period of time.