Drivers who were filmed reversing up a motorway slip road to avoid traffic congestion have been branded “dangerous” by Cambridgeshire Police.
Reports following the publication of what is thought to be a dash mounted camera have detailed some seriously dangerous driving.
It should be noted that reversing on a motorway is a criminal offence and carries the risk of penalty points and a licence. It also carries the risk of causing a huge motorway pile up and the safety of other motorists.
The issue began following an accident near to Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The accident involved a collision where one vehicle over turned. Emergency services attended the scene but traffic became backed up and it caused delays. It was with these delays coming off the motorway that some motorists were willing to put their lives and others at risk.
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police stated: “While we understand it can be very frustrating, and often long delays are caused by road collisions, we must highlight how dangerous it is to not adhere to the rules of the road.
“Reversing on a motorway, including on a slip road or the hard shoulder, is an offence and can result in a fine and points on your licence, not to mention the risk of causing a collision and serious injury.
“If motorists find themselves caught up in the build-up of traffic following a collision, we ask that you are patient – we will work to get the carriageway clear as quickly as we can for you.”
Head of Roads Policy at the AA, Paul Watters said that he had “no sympathy” for anyone who was caught reversing up the motorway slip road. He said: “People will take desperate measures to avoid any delay, but I don’t have any sympathy with them, because the police would rightly prosecute them.
“It’s dangerous, someone could easily come round the corner on the slip road. One accident shouldn’t lead to another one.”
“We don’t really have signs at motorway entry points that we can use to close them, and I think there is a traffic management issue here for the road authorities. We still don’t seem to be getting the real-time traffic messages across to some drivers.”
However, he added: “Usually the delays aren’t a seven-hour wait, it’s normally just while they clear the scene.
“The emergency services will have plans in place, and I think drivers shouldn’t be too fearful of long delays, because these plans do exist.”
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