Peebles, Scotland
A woman was charged with careless driving in flood-hit Peebles, ScotlandGetty

A woman has become the second motorist in Scotland to be charged with careless driving after attempting to drive her Volkswagen Polo through 4ft of floodwater in Peebles in Scotland.

The 47-year-old tried driving through the rising water at about 1pm on Wednesday, 30 December, on the B712 road at Stobo, Peebles. Officers, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Mountain Rescue all attended and worked to free her from the half-submerged car.

Inspector John Scott said: "This is the second incident in December of someone being charged for ignoring road closure signs in the Borders.

"Ignoring these not only risks your own safety, but that of emergency services personnel who will be required to rescue you. It also prevents these vital resources from being able to help other people.

"Please remember that road closures are always in place for a reason. There are no excuses for ignoring these and if you fail to comply, you will be charged." Drivers have been warned to not travel unless absolutely necessary if their area is affected by flooding.