Motorists told to ‘pay extra care’ when it comes to puddles or risk £5,000 fine

It's really important for motorists to take extra care when driving in the rain.

One thing that people might forget to notice is the huge puddle on the side of the road.

But did you know that you could risk a hefty fine if you're not careful enough?

In fact, if any water hits a pedestrian, motorists could be breaking driving legislation.

Not only that, the road user could be hit with strict penalties.

And splashing a person on the road could see drivers being issued with charges.

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Tim Schwarz, a spokesman for Moneybarn, warned motorists to "always pay extra care" when driving beside a puddle.

He urged drivers to take their time in heavy rain and to "think of others".

The spokesman said: "Driving through puddles on rainy days may seem like an inevitability but if a motorist drives through a puddle and splashes pedestrians, it’s deemed a criminal offence in Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

"You could earn yourself a £100 fine and three points on your licence for 'driving without reasonable consideration for other persons'."

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He added: "So, always pay extra care when going through/around large puddles.

"Slow down, take your time and think of others as you go."

Also after picking up an offence, drivers could see their insurance policies go up in price.

Premiums are likely to increase for cover as your driving conviction will consider you to be at greater road risk.

Simon Williams, a spokesman for RAC, says drivers may see charges of splashing a pedestrian rise to a maximum of £5,000, but the real costs are usually lower.

He 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.

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

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