All this rain that we’ve been having recently has certainly left it’s mark. Trees accross the country have fallen, event have been cancelled and of course, there are puddles.
We all know that horrible feeling when a car drives past and splashes a huge muddy puddle all over us, it’s not nice but can’t be helped..or can it? One motorist has been accused of purposely splashing pedestrians as he was driving his van. The incident was caught on dash cam and it can clearly be seen that the driver steers towards puddles purposely to soak unsuspecting pedestrians.
We are sure that the driver of this van was having a good old laugh at the expense of the soggy walkers but they will be shocked to know that they could be landed with a hefty fine.
The Road Traffic Act (1988) clearly states that you cannot drive, ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’. It then goes on the specifically mention, ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed’.
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Violation of these laws could land you a fine of up to a huge £5000 if it can be proven in court that pedestrians were deliberately splashed.
A spokesperson for road safety, Pete Williams, said, ‘Anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered a drenching by an inconsiderate motorist splashing them when driving through a puddle would probably welcome a sizeable financial penalty for the driver.
‘Since 2013 careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points.
‘This is a take it or leave it offer for the motorist if they accept that they have committed the offence.’
He added, ‘If, however, they refuse then they will face a magistrate who could impose a fine up to £5,000, although the maximum is very unlikely.
‘In such a case the fine would be appropriate to the level of distress and inconvenience caused and would hopefully send a clear message that inconsiderate and potentially aggressive driving is simply not acceptable.
‘Drivers have a duty to show respect and care for their fellow road users and pedestrians.’
Of course, this fine is easily avoided..don’t splash pedestrians!