Drivers who splash pedestrians with puddles face £100 fines and penalty points

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Motorists are being warned to avoid splashing pedestrians or risk a £100 fine. Green Flag has issued advice cautioning drivers against speeding through puddles, which could lead to hefty penalties.

Katie Lomas, Managing Director of Green Flag, emphasised the need for considerate driving: "It is incredibly inconsiderate to splash a pedestrian by speeding through puddles. Our research shows that speed has a considerable impact on the splash radius of a puddle, showing the importance of slowing down when driving through them, or if it is safe to do so avoiding them altogether, especially when there are pedestrians nearby."

Lomas further advised: "Drivers should always take extra care when there is water on the road as it can cause accidents and damage to their vehicle." London tops the list of regions where motorists are most guilty of splashing pedestrians, with 50% of reported incidents.

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The North West follows at 36%, with Yorkshire and Humberside at 33% in third place. The South West and South East of England are also high on the list, with 33% and 32% respectively, reports Birmingham Live.

Other areas noted include Wales at 30%, the East of England at 27%, Scotland at 27% and Northern Ireland at 23%. The East Midlands is at 19%, the North East of England at 19%, and the West Midlands at 18%.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 sets out explicit guidelines regarding careless and inconsiderate driving, stating: "If a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, he is guilty of an offence."

Drivers who drench pedestrians by splashing them could face a fine of £100 and receive three penalty points.

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