Driving Offences - Dangerous Driving

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Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code outlines the offence of dangerous driving. This offence refers to driving in a manner that is dangerous to public safety, taking into account all of the circumstances.

A person can be charged with dangerous driving if they operate a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or railway equipment in a way that is dangerous to the public, taking into account various factors such as the location, traffic conditions, and the manner in which the vehicle or equipment is being operated.

Examples of dangerous driving include excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and any other actions that pose a significant risk to public safety. A public place refers to any place which the public can access, including parking lots, parks, and playgrounds. There does not have to be anyone present for this offence to be committed.

The penalties for dangerous driving can be severe and may include fines, license suspensions, and imprisonment, depending on the specific circumstances of the offence and whether it resulted in injury or death. Dangerous driving is considered a serious criminal offence in Canada, and convictions can have significant legal and social consequences, including a criminal record.

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