Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 states that careless and inconsiderate driving is illegal. If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or public place, he or she is guilty of an offence.
If a driver has been convicted of driving without valid insurance, the driver will receive an IN10 endorsement on their licence for four years. Because of this, the driver might find it difficult to get an insurance quote which has a low premium for five years after the conviction.
Driving or riding a motorcycle whilst holding a mobile phone has always been regarded as a serious offence. However, in recent years there has been a national campaign to crack down on the number of motorists who use handheld and/or mobile phones whilst driving.
Drink and driving, or drunk driving, is a serious offence which can result in a person being imprisoned for twelve months as a standard.