Police urge motorists to pay attention after 14 drivers get 'dangerously close' to officers in closed M1 lane

Officers have called on drivers to pay attention to closed lane signs on motorways, after 14 drivers got ‘dangerously close’ to police in a closed lane on the M1 yesterday.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 6:26 pm

A total of 14 drivers ignored the red ‘X’ signs on the smart-motorway as police were on the scene dealing with a broken down vehicle yesterday (Tuesday, September 29).

PC Phil Carson said: “Myself and my colleagues were in attendance at a van that had lost its wheels on the M1, while we were awaiting for recovery of the vehicle, the red ‘X’ was illuminated further down the motorway to warn drivers of a lane closure.“While we were there, 14 drivers ignored this sign and approached our marked police cars at speed before having to manoeuvre over to another lane, causing further disruption.“We are police officers, but we are also someone’s husband, wife, son, daughter and loved one.

"We all want to go home at the end of our shift.“We all have a responsibility to make the roads of South Yorkshire a safer place to drive and work, ensuring you adhere to the motorway signs can help increase safety for those working or those broken down awaiting recovery.”Drivers face a £100 fine and three points on their driving licence for ignoring the signs.PC Carson added: “Please remember to be vigilant for workers and help keep us safe.“I would also urge drivers to keep a high visibility jacket, torch and warning triangle in their car in case you break down, this will increase your visibility as we start to head into the dark nights.”

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Officers have urged drivers to help keep police safe after 14 motorists drove through closed lanes on the M1.

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