Very few people are willing to go outside with Britain’s current weather state. Storm Freya and storm Gareth have taken their toll, and many areas are receiving flood alerts. The idea of getting anywhere – work, the grocery store, a friend’s house – without getting completely drenched is nearly impossible.
It’s tempting to quit everything and stay home, but the reality is that such an option is impossible! What’s more, driver’s feel the need to drive at such paces and through such large puddles in a way that leaves pedestrians inevitably drenched with its splashes. Some even do it purposefully.
However, they won’t be able to get away with such behavior anymore if they are caught. Culprits have the potential of facing fines of up to £5,000!
Section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988 according to the RAC notes that it is illegal to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons.” Fortunately for us and unfortunately for them, splashing pedestrians falls under this tenet. Once you’ve been found guilty, you are fined £100 and given three penalty points.
But the driver can receive an even more severe fine, up to £5,000, if his behavior is more extreme, considered a manner that “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, and aggressiveness.” And if the driver doesn’t pay the original fine of £100, he could end up paying the maximum fine if taken to court. On top of the fine, motorists can also be hit with a public order offense.
Pete Williams, road-safety spokesman, has reminded drivers of this.
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. 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.
Williams does admit that such a hefty fine and public order offense are unlikely, but his point is that driving in this manner will not be acceptable, and they will be severe where necessary.
Even further, things such as undipped headlights, braking, or driving excessively slow can also result in motorists being fined. Hopefully, we’ll stay a little dryer in this season as a result of these laws!