UK drivers are being warned that they could land a fine of unto £5,000 for splashing a pedestrian with a puddle.
After weeks of relentless heat and sunshine in the UK heavy rainfall and bas spells of weather have seemingly taken over in areas of the country.
The RAC reminds motorists to be careful when driving on wet roads, particularly as splashing could see them slapped with a public order offence, on top of the hefty fine.
Under section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is illegal to splash someone as it amounts to driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons.”
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, this includes an instance of “driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed”.
With the likelihood of this happening at the moment with the rainfall, drivers are being warned to be more considerate towards pedestrians.
However, motorists are unlikely to receive the maximum £5,000 and are more likely to land a fixed penalty notice of around £100.
The fine could rise, however, if the offender decides to take it to court.
Confused.com motoring editor, Amanda Stretton, says: “Some people might think that driving through puddles is a bit of fun, with others accusing the police in this instance of overreacting. However, it can be a serious safety issue for drivers and is highly inconsiderate for pedestrians.
“Firstly, drivers have no way of knowing what the road surface is under the puddle, causing unpredictable driving conditions. Secondly, the water itself can cause the car to aquaplane – where the vehicle’s tyres fail to grip the road and cause the driver to lose control.
“If that isn’t enough, it’s also just incredibly rude and drivers can be penalised, quite rightly, with a huge £5000 fine. Puddle rage really can lead to big fines. To avoid this cost and to ensure their safety, we advise motorists to look out for big puddles when driving, and pay particular attention when there are pedestrians around.”
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.
"This is a take it or leave it offer for the motorist if they accept that they have committed the offence.
"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”.