Last month (February), a motorist was charged with careless driving, after being caught shaving whilst driving along the M5 in Worcester.
According to reports, Central Motorway Police spotted the motorist, during rush-hour traffic, driving at roughly 50mph through roadworks on the motorway, whilst using his electric shaver, and followed him for three miles before pulling him over at Junction 5.
The driver was charged by the police with careless driving, and is now due to appear in front of the magistrates later this month.
A charge of careless driving relates to the driving of an individual falling below the standard which is deemed to be that of a reasonable and competent driver; and charges can relate to undertaking, driving too close to the vehicle in-front, or an in car activity which takes attention away from the road.
Charges of careless driving carry penalties of between three and nine points on a licence or an immediate disqualification, in addition to a fine; whilst the accumulation of twelve penalty points can lead to a driver being disqualified.
It is therefore important that if you have been charged with careless driving, you seek the advice of dedicated motoring offence solicitors; such as the team at Lester Morrill, who will provide specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving a licence, wherever possible.