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Man faces court after driving through puddle and splashing school children

A motorist faces court after drenching school children by driving through a puddle.

A driver is facing court after driving through a puddle and drenching a group of children who were on their way to primary school. The incident was witnessed by a passing policeman who stopped the motorist and reported him for careless driving. Specifically, his offence was covered by little-known section of the Road Traffic Act that makes it an offence to “drive through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed.”

Debbie Pugh, who was walking with her children, David, eight, and Emma, 11, to St. George’s Junior School in Colchester, Essex, said: “We got soaked. My son was crying his eyes out. I was yelling obscenities at the driver.”

Mrs Pugh added: “I can laugh about it now because I have got a sense of humour but it wasn’t funny when I was trying to get my children to school and keep them warm and dry.”

The policeman who witnessed the incident, PC Mark Hercules, said that the puddle could have had a stone in it and hit the children. He recalled that “the vehicle was driven through the puddle at a relatively fast speed making no attempt to slow down or avoid it.”

He added: “As a consequence, a large wave of water absolutely soaked the children and their parents. We could hear the screams from the children as they got drenched in the cold dirty rainwater.”

The man has now been summoned to appear in court. 

Inspector Steve Brewer, of Essex Police, said: “Where possible drivers should try to avoid driving through large puddles of water but only if it is safe to do so. If you have to drive though a deep puddle do so at a reduced speed and gently apply your brakes after and when safe to do so, in order to dry them out and restore effectiveness.”

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