MOTORISTS in the UK could face a fine of up to £5,000 if they are caught driving through a puddle and splashing a pedestrian.
Some might see soaking a passerby as they speed along as a bit of a laugh and all just harmless fun but it could land the driver in some hot water.
Driving without reasonable consideration can attract a maximum level five fine, which is currently set at £5,000, and dictates that a person’s driving “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience or aggressiveness”.
Under section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is an offence to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons” and according to the Crown Prosecution Service, this includes an instance of “driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed”.
While it may be highly unlikely that a person guilty of such an offence would be sentenced at the top end of the scale, it is still possible such a harsh penalty could be handed down in extreme cases.
The more common sanction for splashing a pedestrian would likely just be a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice, but could be boosted into the thousands if the offender chooses to take the case to court.
RAC road safety spokesman 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.