What is a Careless Driving Charge

What is the charge?

The Highway Traffic Act defines Careless Driving as:

130. Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years. 2009, c. 5, s. 41.

Fines and Penalties:

The minimum fine for this offence is $400 to a maximum of $2,000.

This offence carries six demerit points

You could also face up to six months in jail and your licence may be suspended up to two years.


Careless driving is classified as a major offence by insurance companies. A conviction could lead to higher premiums or dropped insurance.

What you can do?

Fight your ticket! We know all too well how commonly this charge is laid. It is usually laid as a result of most traffic accidents. The Bulwark Team are experts in dealing with careless driving charges. We’ll guide you from start to finish on what the options are, what to expect and how to save yourself thousands in insurance premiums. Simply contact us to set up a free initial consultation and we’ll take it from there. Rest easy knowing that your matter is in the hands of experts who will keep you informed at each step of the way.

Let our many years of policing expertise and
court experience work in your favour.

Our former police officers and prosecutors will take your case and assist in making sure that your driving privileges are preserved in a way that is positive and affordable. If you are stuck, frustrated, and fed up fighting your ticket, let us help you. Call us, email us, or visit us at our office at 62 Carden St in Guelph for a free initial consultation. We proudly serving, Kitchener-Waterloo, Brampton, Cambridge, Burlington, and the surrounding areas

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