Speeding / Excessive Speed / Dangerous Speed or Careless Driving
When it comes to operating a motor vehicle at excessive speed, there are several charges that can be laid, such as:
It is an offence to drive without due care and reasonable consideration for others. This can include. If you are charged with driving without due care, penalties will be dependent on whether the offence was aggravated or not. An offence would be considered aggravated for several reasons including:
- Attempting to escape or avoid police pursuit
- Driving with a disqualified or suspended licence
- An extended period of bad driving
- Drink or drug driving
- Driving more than 45km over the speed limit
Penalties for this charge: For a basic, non-aggravated first offence, maximum penalties include a $2500 fine and 3 demerit points. For an aggravated charge, you could face a 1-year prison sentence and be disqualified for holding a driver’s licence for a minimum of 6 months.
Speeding / Excessive speed
There are many different types of speeding offences, each of which come with varying processes, penalties and defences. Our expert team can help you at every stage of dealing with your charge.
Penalties: There are many factors when it comes to being given penalties for speeding charges, including the range over the speed limit and previous offence. The maximum penalty for driving at a dangerous speed is 2 years of imprisonment. You will also be given a licence disqualification of at least 1 year if it is your first offence and 3 years if it is a second offence. If you have exceeded the speed limit by more than 45km/hr, you will face a maximum penalty of a $1000 fine and a licence disqualification for at least 6 months for a first offence. For any further offence, the maximum penalty is a fine of $1200 and a licence disqualification for a minimum of 2 years.
Things to consider: There are different ways Police measure speed to gauge if drivers are travelling above the speed limit. One of these is ‘follow and time’ where they will maintain a certain distance from a vehicle and measure its speed against their own. This is considered an unreliable method of measurement and can be contested in certain scenarios. More often, Police will use laser guns or speed cameras. Licence disqualifications, fines and loss of demerit points are common penalties for speeding offences. Our expert team can help you with pleading guilty, negotiating lesser penalties and contesting charges. We recommend you get in touch as soon as you receive a fine, expiation notice or court summons.