Splashing a pedestrian can cost you your driving licence!

September 9th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by ANI  

London, September 9 (ANI): You may fail your driving test just in case you drive through the water, and splash the pedestrians around.
Well, that was exactly what happened with Michelle Kelly, 31, after she passed a bus stop in Blackley, Manchester, spraying a man who was standing there.
The mother-of-two revealed that her examiner told her at the end of the test that she had failed because she should have stopped, and exchanged details with man.
The examiner was of the view that her actions constituted an accident, she said.
Kelly, who works for a funeral director, described the decision as “ludicrous” after failing.
“It was my third test and I was really confident. To fail for something like that really annoyed me,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
“It’’s ridiculous. Why should you hand over your details? What good would that do? It wasn”t as though I”d deluged this pedestrian and if I”d swerved to avoid the puddle I might have caused an accident,” she added.
She further said that she just did not have any idea that splashing someone could lead to failing her test.
“I spoke to a firm of driving instructors with over 60 years experience and they had never heard of it. I didn”t do it on purpose and didn”t really think that much of it at the time but the examiner said it was a fault, she said.
“Apparently it constituted a traffic offence and he was treating it as a road accident. He said I should have pulled over and exchanged details with the pedestrian,” she added.
Robin Cummins, road safety consultant for BSM, said in some circumstances splashing someone could lead to a fine.
“Splashing someone is not classed as an accident, but would be classed as a serious fault,” he said.
“You have got to look at how it was done. If someone drives straight through a puddle without due care and attention, they may be prosecuted. People have been fined for similar incidents in the past, but it is very rare. Because of the weather we have had recently, you can see why it may come to light,” he added.
Andrew Howard, head of road safety for the AA, said that though Kelly’’s failure seemed absurd at the first glance, he could understand the decision of her examiner.
“It is a difficult one. I don”t think the average motorist would think about it under the circumstances, particularly if you are left with little option but to drive through the puddle, given Britain’’s crowded roads,” he said
“The Highway Code says if you are involved in a collision which causes damage or injury to another person you must stop. But is hitting a puddle a collision? What damage was done to the other person and where do you draw the line? Don”t ask me what I would have done, but probably say sorry under my breath and carried on - many people have splashed me over the years,” he added.
Kelly reckoned that she would have to spend a further 200 pounds to cover the cost of a fourth test.
“Then it’’s nearly PS60 for the test, PS40 to use the car for the test and I”ll have to have more lessons in the meantime. I”ll have to wait until I get paid again,” she said.
A spokesman for the Driving Standards Agency said the incident was being looked into. (ANI)

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