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From a legal perspective there are two main definitions of dangerous driving.
- The first relates to the manner in which a vehicle is driven. Driving in a manor that could be viewed to fall below the normal standards of a reliable safe driver is an offence. This is reinforced by the view that the driver in question could be seen as dangerous in the eyes of a safe and reliable driver.
- The second definition relates to the actual vehicle being driven. If it is very clear the condition of the vehicle is considered dangerous then the driver of that vehicle could be prosecuted for Dangerous Driving. The word dangerous in this context is legally defined as threatening danger to injure a person or causing severe damage to any property. An example of this could be is a vehicle's tyres were found to be out with the legal requirements.
Should you be prosecuted for dangerous driving, you will then be supplied with a Notice of Intended Prosecution. Some defences for a potential charge of dangerous driving include: