Client was driving home and decided to pass the vehicle in front of her. Before passing she saw lights in the distance but considered that they were very far away and that it was safe to make the pass. Halfway through the pass she realized that in fact the lights were a motorbike that was very close. Tragically, a head on collision resulted and the two occupants of the motorbike were killed. Client was charged with driving without due care and attention contrary to the Motor Vehicle Act. At trial, Mr. van der Walle successfully argued that the client had exercised due diligence in making the pass and, although mistaken, had an honestly held belief that it was safe to pass when she made the fateful decision to do so. Not guilty.
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