Have you caught an incident on your dashcam or another device?
What classifies as dangerous or careless driving?
The offence of dangerous driving under section 2 of the RTA 1988 is committed when a person's standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.
Dangerous driving is an either way offence carrying a level 5 fine and/or 6 months' custody in the magistrates' court.
In the Crown Court, the maximum penalty is 2 years' imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendant's driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.
The maximum penalty is a level 5 fine. The court must also either endorse the driver's licence with between 3 and 9 penalty points (unless there are "special reasons" not to do so), or impose disqualification for a fixed period and/or until a driving test has been passed.
We ask that you ONLY submit footage that happened in the Northumbria force area.
We’ll ask you to submit a statement of the incident you’ve captured.
Please make sure you know the exact:
- Time of the incident (this may not necessarily match the time recorded on your dashcam)
- Date the incident happened
- Precise location of the incident - what3words can be useful to find the exact location or let us know a point of reference that was nearby e.g. a school, shop or a particular sign on the roadside