Warning: Driving Through Puddles Could Cost You Thousands

Tue 1st Oct 2019

If the temptation of causing a huge splash by driving through a big roadside puddle is too much to resist, bare in mind the consequences which could result in a £5000 fine.

The spell of wet weather the UK is going through has left many roads with rather deep puddles, obstructions which may be seen as a challenge to drivers, but are also a major concern for the pedestrians trying to keep dry on the footpaths.

And while it might seem like a joke at the time to drench those on the side of the road you could be unwittingly breaking the law under the Road Traffic Act. According to section three of the Act, it is an offence to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’ and that includes pedestrians at the side of the road. Other instances under the same law include flashing your lights to force someone to give way, unnecessarily driving slow or braking without good cause and driving with your full beam lights on.

While a Fixed Penalty Notice would be the most likely punishment if caught. If the case goes to court, the sanctions could be much more severe.

Speaking to The Sun 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.

“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.”