Splashing a pedestrian could cost you!
Manchester is notorious for being one of the rainiest cities here in the UK.
As a car spotter, I know only too well how much rain can fall in a short time, creating a deluge of puddles everywhere. There is nothing worse than getting your feet soaked if you happen to step in one to avoid walking into someone. Or is there?
Well, yes there is actually and it could well cost you motorists.
Many a time I have been out and about walking in wet weather, and as much as I try to avoid puddles when a car is heading in my direction, yep you guessed it, the inevitable happens. The odd wreckless motorist just can't resist but to accelerate that little bit more to drench me. I've lost count how many times this has happened.
But, did you know that if you live here in the UK, you could be hit where it hurts if you're caught doing so?
It is actually illegal here, and you could well find yourself slapped with a public order offence if you are seen to deliberately drive through puddles in an attempt to target people.
Under section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is an offence. If you are caught driving ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’, and this also includes any instance of ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed’.
The worst you can be punished with is a level five fine of £5,000. This would be in any instances where driving ‘amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience or aggressiveness’. Ouch!
Although, you are more likely to be fined a £100 fixed penalty notice along with three penalty points if you are caught in the act.
If you choose to refuse to pay the fine and opt to take the matter to court, then you could well end up having a maximum fine of £5,000 imposed up on you.
So, the next time you're tempted to accelerate when approaching a puddle, then think twice. Your moment of fun could well turn out to cost you more than youi bargained for!
Are there any laws like this in your country?
Have you ever gone on a splash course?
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