Motorists are being warned that they could face up to a £5000 fine if they drive through a puddle and splash a pedestrian. According to ‘The Road Traffic Act 1998′, it is illegal to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’, which includes driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed.
If it is established that the driver’s behaviour amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, or aggressiveness, the offence can lead to a maximum fine of £5000.
Driving through large puddles can also be a serious safety issue for drivers and is highly inconsiderate for pedestrians for several reasons. Firstly, a puddle can cause unpredictable driving conditions. The water itself could cause the car to aquaplane – this is where the vehicle’s tyres fail to grip the road potentially resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle. The driver couldn’t possibly know what the road surface was like under the puddle, therefore driving recklessly through it is considered to be very dangerous.
If you have to drive through a large puddle, check around you and make sure there are no pedestrians around. If pedestrians are around, be considerate and drive slowly through the puddle to avoid splashing them, or wait and drive around the puddle when it is safe to do so.
Drivers can be penalised for driving through puddles and splashing pedestrians with a huge potential fine of £5000!
You have been warned!
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