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Do you have a fear of driving? Driving without due care and attention: motoring offences explained

Fri, 06/10/2017
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Do you have a fear of driving?Driving without due care and attention: motoring offences explained

If you are unfortunate, careless or irresponsible enough to be caught on the wrong side of the law when driving, you will face a motoring offence.

James Wilson, AutoExpress, reports:

The legal system currently has 78 different types of penalty endorsement that can be issued against a driving licence, but one of the most common is Driving Without Due Care And Attention - here we explain its meaning and what penalties you could face if you’re charged with it.

Each driving endorsement is indicated by a different two letter and two number code. However, many of these cover a variety of offences that you are unlikely to ever encounter. The most common charges are issued for exceeding the speed limit.

The codes that cover this are SP30, SP40 and SP50, which are used for speeding on different types of road. Another penalty that is commonly used is CD10, which signifies a charge of Driving Without Due Care And Attention.

This offence is one that is usually used if you have been involved in an accident that has been deemed to be your fault, but the only aggravating factor is that you have had a lapse of concentration.

If drink or drugs are involved, for example, then that faces a different charge with a DR or DG prefix.

There are yet more codes that cover charges such as driving a car that isn't roadworthy, driving when your eyesight is failing, failing to stop for an accident or if you don't have the relevant insurance, licence or other documentation that mean you can legally drive on public roads.

This article is about the CD10 charge, and when it might be used. As mentioned, if you've been involved in an accident, and it is deemed your fault because you weren't paying attention, then Driving Without Due Care And Attention would be the charge handed out to you.

But what constitutes 'not paying attention'? Well, if you are distracted in certain ways, then this charge will be issued. Situations where CD10 applies include looking at your sat-nav rather than the road, tuning the radio or being distracted by passengers.

Some of the more shocking and unusual antics that you sometimes see on the road, such as reading the newspaper, having breakfast or doing hair and make-up will be covered by this charge, too. However, using a mobile phone at the wheel isn't covered, because there is a separate offence code (CU80) for that.

Driving carefully, confidently and calmly is a fundamental part of being safe on the road. Limit distractions, pay attention to other drivers and pedestrians and plan your journey. This should ensure you’re safe on the roads and therefore help you avoid incurring any motoring offenses. 

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