Negligent or dangerous driving

Negligent or dangerous driving causes many crashes on NSW roads each year. Here are the rules you must follow and the penalties that apply.

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What is negligent or dangerous driving?

Negligent or dangerous driving means driving without the due care and attention reasonably expected of a driver. It puts you, other drivers and the public at risk, and can result in serious injury or death.

The rules

You must not drive a vehicle on a road negligently or at a speed, or in a manner dangerous to the public.


If you drive negligently you can get a fine and demerit points.

If you drive at a speed or in a manner dangerous to the public, or cause death or injury due to negligent driving, penalties include:

  • large fines
  • loss of licence
  • prison.
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