Motorists at risk of major £5,000 fines for 'serious safety issue' under little-known law

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“Due to the poor weather, a very large puddle had built up due to a blocked drain near to the junction which was halfway across the road. It was not raining and the puddle, some 20 feet in length, could easily be seen by motorists.

“Unbelievably a motorist drove through the puddle causing the water to soak the three.

“The driver could well have waited to drive around the puddle or driven through it very slowly so as to not cause water to splash anyone on the footpath.”

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidance is that lower-level careless driving offences are considered for a fixed penalty, while advice also states the offender should be offered driver education in most cases. 



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