UK drivers: £5,000 fine for splashing pedestrians with puddles

Drivers across the UK are being warned of an immature driving act that could land them with a £5,000 fine and three points on their licence.

Amid heavy rain across the UK in recent months, and with more rain expected in the weeks ahead, drivers are being warned of a rule involving driving in puddles..

If you drive through a puddle and splash a pedestrian, it could result in you receiving a £5,000 fine, GoShorty have highlighted.

What does the law say about splashing pedestrians in your car?

According to the Road Traffic Act 1988 in reference to careless and inconsiderate driving, the law is clear.

It states: “If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence.”

This means that speeding up through a puddle at the side of the road to splash an unsuspecting pedestrian is actually illegal and can land you a fine of up to £5,000.

The best way to avoid this is to either slow down when going through the puddle (if safe to do so) to minimise the impact or to go around the puddle and avoid it completely (again, only if safe to do so).

Andy Moody, Director at GoShorty, said: “Getting 12 points on your driving licence in less than three years could get you disqualified from driving.

“On top of that, getting points on your licence will also result in the increase of your insurance policy, as your insurance provider will want to be informed about all your motoring convictions in the past three years (five in some cases).”

“It is for these reasons, as well as to ensure that everyone’s being safe on the road, that it is useful to keep in mind which are the offences that would get you the most points on your licence.”

These are some of the other acts that could get you points on your driving licence:

  • Sleeping inside your vehicle: up to 10 points
  • Using your mobile phone while supervising a learner driver from the passenger seat: up to 6 points
  • Driving with a broken brake light: up to 3 points

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