Motorists could be issued with a fine of up to £5,000 and given three penalty points!


Motorists in the UK could find themselves on the wrong side of the law by driving through a puddle and splashing a pedestrian.

Some motorists do it by accident, however a number of drivers know exactly what they’re doing when they drive through a huge puddle on the road just as a pedestrian is walking by. What they probably aren’t aware of, is that the offence could land you in deep water.

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Warning: Driving through a puddle and splashing a pedestrian could land you a fine of up to £5,000! © Copyright Bill Nicholls and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

A driver could be issued with a fine of up to £5,000 for splashing a pedestrian when driving through a puddle.

According to section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it’s an offence to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’ and includes ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed’.

The maximum level five fine of £5,000 could be received by motorists where it ‘amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience or aggressiveness’.

Fortunately for offending drivers, they’re more likely to receive a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and three points on their licence rather than the max £5,000 fine but to be on the safe side, it’s advisable that motorists avoid driving through large puddles on the road, especially when someone is walking past.

“Some people might think that driving through puddles is a bit of fun, with others accusing the police in this instance of overreacting,” said Amanda Stretton, motoring editor, adding: “However, it can be a serious safety issue for drivers and is highly inconsiderate for pedestrians.”


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