'Thoughtless' driver soaks elderly man stuck on flooded path

A driver soaked pedestrians who had stopped to help a trapped pensioner in a mobility scooter.

Two young men assisted the elderly man as he tried to reverse his mobility scooter down the flooded path on Saturday (October 26).

Several drivers can be seen slowly making their way through the giant puddle in Stone, Staffordshire.

But then a fourth vehicle - a dark coloured Volvo - sped past causing water to splash those on the side of the road.

An eye-witness said the 'thoughtless chap' in his Volvo soaked them in [their] rush to get past the two other considerate drivers.

Motorists are being advised that anyone who deliberately splashes pedestrians can be fined.

Under section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is an offence to drive ‘without reasonable consideration for other persons’, and this includes any instance of ‘driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed’.

The maximum punishment is a level five fine of £5,000 in instances where driving ‘amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience or aggressiveness’.

The more common sanction for splashing a pedestrian would likely just be a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and three points on the licence, but could be boosted into the thousands if the offender chooses to take the case to court.

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