Motorist faces court after deliberately splashing schoolchildren and parents.
An anonymous 22-year-old motorist is being charged after he allegedly drove through a puddle with the intent to deliberately splash a group of school children and parents. The event happened near St George’s Junior school in Colchester, Essex, AOL Cars reported.
Police constable Mark Hercules stopped the driver for careless driving, having witnessed the event. The unnamed driver now faces charges for driving without reasonable consideration, which could result in a fine of up £5,000, three to nine pental points and a mandatory driver awareness course if found guilty.
“His actions caused distress to the young children,” PC Hercules told the Telegraph. “In addition, I pointed out the hidden hazards that lie in large puddles and the fact he could have lost control of his vehicle and caused a danger to other road users.”
The law on careless driving states: “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.”
This is by no means the first instance of drivers getting in trouble for splashing passers-by. A 29-year-old woman faced prosecution after deliberately soaking a group of children before posting a 30-second video of the event on YouTube.
Only 44 per cent of drivers were aware that splashing pedestrians is illegal, according to a survey by the RAC from 2011, with two-fifths admitting they laughed when it happened. 16 per cent went as far to say they drenched a pedestrian on purpose.
Deliberately splashing a pedestrian is obviously a big no-no, but there are times when it’s unavoidable. At this point it’s best to slow down to try and minimise the forces involved or risk getting in trouble.