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'Happy splasher' being investigated

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A motorist who drove through a puddle near a crowd of children at a bus stop, drenching them with water, may face prosecution and a rise in car insurance premiums.

Police are said to be considering action against Kerry Callard, after a 30-second clip of her actions in Plymouth, Devon, was found on YouTube.

The video is filmed from inside the car, and shows a journey down Weston Mill Hill before the car ploughs through a puddle near the children.

Callard, 29, contacted police voluntarily to discuss the incident last week, and it is now being reviewed. Despite her video being taken down, there are many other "happy splashing" videos on the web and police have warned that charges of careless or even dangerous driving could be brought for this type of offence.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman added: "Not only is it showing no consideration to the pedestrians who may get a soaking, but it could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle due to the force of the water snatching the wheel from the hands, or by the vehicle aquaplaning."

A motorist from Somerset who soaked a workman by driving through a puddle was prosecuted in 2005. He was fined £150 and given three penalty points by magistrates in Yeovil after he admitted driving without due consideration.

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