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Driver receives fine and ban after driving in puddle that soaked pedestrians
posted on Mar 13 2014 by Jade Hensby
A driver has been fined £500 and handed a driving ban after he was caught driving through a puddle that soaked a family as they were on their way to school.
On top of the fine that was handed out to Samuel Lees, 22, the magistrates also gave him six points, which meant that as a new driver he will lose his license. For those who receive six points in the first two years of passing their test, they automatically have their license revoked. For Samuel, he will have to pass both his theory and driving test again to regain his license, as he has been driving for less than a year.
The police officer who caught the offence, PC Mark Hercules said “the vehicle was driven through the puddle at a relatively fast speed making no attempt to slow down or avoid it...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 water” PC Hercules went on to say “the motorist drove off...his actions caused distress to the young children...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”.
Samuel Lees has said that the loss of his license meant he faced losing his job, as it was 25 miles away from his home. When asked about the incident he said “i did not mean to splash the family...if you ask anyone who knows me, I am not the kind of person to do something like that on purpose. That’s not what I am like at all”.