If you were splashed in­ten­tion­ally

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Advice -

We don’t like to do this, and only rarely take this step – but for le­gal rea­sons we can’t give names in this in­stance.

We can, how­ever, print a warn­ing.

Win­ter is com­ing and with it will come rain, slush and pud­dles on the roads.

Raw Deal was con­tacted by a lady (we will call her Ms C.) who was on a pave­ment when she was soaked, head to toe, by a bus that – she claims – was go­ing far too fast and could have avoided the deep pud­dle it roared through.

Her shoes were ru­ined and she had to go about her day in wet cloth­ing. She is adamant the bus could, by sev­eral safe meth­ods, have avoided splash­ing her with the deep pud­dle at the road­side.

She can’t, how­ever, prove this and the bus firm says it can find no CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent. She con­tacted Raw Deal, but there was lit­tle we could do.

To say the lady was an­gered is a vast un­der­state­ment.

It is il­le­gal to in­ten­tion­ally splash pedes­tri­ans – al­though there is no ev­i­dence, in this case, that the bus driver had in­ten­tion­ally splashed Ms C.

But, if found guilty of such an of­fence, a driver can be pros­e­cuted un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Road Traf­fic Act for care­less, ag­gres­sive or in­con­sid­er­ate be­hav­iour on the road. The driver could be sum­moned to court, fined £150, and have three penalty points added to their li­cence.

Cy­clists can also be pros­e­cuted for splash­ing.

If you are splashed by a car or bike, get the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber or a de­scrip­tion of a cy­clist and note the time and place when it hap­pened.

Many ar­eas, es­pe­cially in cities, are cov­ered by on-street CCTV cam­eras.

If pos­si­ble, get con­tact de­tails for any­one who may have wit­nessed the splash­ing.

Re­port the in­ci­dent to po­lice. Don’t worry that it is too triv­ial a mat­ter or that noth­ing will be done. A crime has been com­mit­ted, it is the po­lice’s duty to in­ves­ti­gate.

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