Drivers who splash water on pedestrians can be fined £5,000

UK motorists face fines of up to £5,000 if they are caught driving through puddles and splashing pedestrians.

You might think that soaking passers-by is a joke and it’s all just harmless fun, but you can get slapped for public order offenses, with hefty fines.

Motorists could be fined several thousand pounds for doing this


Motorists could be fined several thousand pounds for doing thisCredits: Rex Features

According to section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, driving “without reasonable consideration for others” is an offence.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, this includes “driving through puddles of pedestrians”.

Usually this will get you a £100 flat penalty notice and three points on your license if you get caught by the police.

But if you are found to be driving in a way that “disrespects incompetent, selfish, impatient or aggressive behavior” – then you could be fined up to 5, currently set at 5,000 pound.

You could also face the highest fines if you don’t pay your £100 fixed penalty notice or if the case goes to court.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: ‘Anyone unfortunate enough to be splashed with water by a reckless driver while driving through puddles may be subject to a traffic fine. quite large for the driver.

“As of 2013, careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points.

“This is an offer to take or leave it to the driver if they accept that they have committed the offence.

“However, if they refuse they will face a magistrate who can impose a fine of up to £5,000, although the maximum is highly unlikely.

“In such a case, the fine would be commensurate with the level of difficulty and inconvenience caused and will hopefully send a clear message that reckless and potentially aggressive driving is not possible. acceptable.

“Drivers have an obligation to show respect and care for their pedestrians and pedestrians.”

As part of part three of the Road Traffic Law, motorists can also be fined if you flash your lights to force other drivers ahead to yield, drive unnecessarily slow or brake hard. without good reason.

Driving with ill-lit headlights blinding oncoming drivers, cyclists or pedestrians, and driving buses in a way to alert passengers will also result in fines and points on your license.

You could even face a £5,000 fine for playing Christmas music in your car.

And from next year, motorists outside London will face a £70 fine for “moving traffic offenses” including stopping at a yellow intersection and making bad turns. .

Here are eight winter driving laws you need to know – or face fines of up to £10,000.

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