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Drivers Could Be Fined 5,000 For Splashing Pedestrians

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Parts of the UK are expected to receive the backlash of Hurricane Lorenzo. 

Called a ‘real beast’ by the Met Office, it has been reported that the backlash of the Hurricane is expected to bring 90mph winds, with risks of flash floods and travel disruption for people all over the UK. 

With flash floods expected, a lot of standing water is likely to cover some roads in the UK. 

For some drivers, it can be very tempting to drive through a massive puddle, but if you’re found to be splashing people by the side of the road deliberately, you could land yourself with a £5,000 fine. 

In the Road Traffic Act (1988) it’s stated that you can't drive 'without reasonable consideration for other persons'. In more detail, the Road Traffic Act goes on to say 'driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed'. 

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The standard fine for splashing people by the roadside is £100 and three penalty points on your licence, if the matter is taken to court you could be liable for a fine of up to £5,000. 

"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!” Said road safety spokesperson for the RAC, Pete Williams. 

He went on to say; "Since 2013 careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points.

"This is a take it or leave it offer for the motorist if they accept that they have committed the offence. 

He added: "If, however, they refuse then they will face a magistrate who could impose a fine up to £5,000, although the maximum is very unlikely. 

"In such a case the fine would be appropriate to the level of distress and inconvenience caused and would hopefully send a clear message that inconsiderate and potentially aggressive driving is simply not acceptable. 

"Drivers have a duty to show respect and care for their fellow road users and pedestrians."

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