Common Traffic Offences
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a. The statutory sentences

The statutory sentences in respect of dangerous driving can be grouped under 3 major categories: dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving, and causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving.  The test for “dangerous” is the same under all 3 categories; but the sentences are different:

  • Dangerous Driving, under section 37 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong):
    • on conviction on indictment, to a fine of $20,000 and to imprisonment for 3 years;
    • on summary conviction, to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for 12 months; and
    • disqualification for at least 6 months for a first conviction and for at least 2 years for a subsequent conviction.
  • Causing death by dangerous driving, under section 36 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong):
    • on conviction on indictment, to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for 10 years;
    • on summary conviction, to a fine of $20,000 and to imprisonment for 2 years; and
    • disqualification for at least 2 years for a first conviction and of at least 5 years for a subsequent conviction.
  • Causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving, under section 36A of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong):
    • on conviction on indictment, to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for 7 years;
    • on summary conviction, to a fine of $20,000 and to imprisonment for 2 years; and
    • disqualification for at least 2 years for the first conviction and of at least 5 years for a subsequent conviction.
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