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    DRIVERS WARNED OVER ROADWORKS ABUSE

    Highways Agency (HA) and Police crack down on reckless drivers

    Manchester HA officials responsible for motorways and major A roads in the North West are alarmed at recent cases of drivers stopping to remove cones and driving straight on into roadworks regardless of the dangers ahead of them and the fact that people may be working in the closed-off sections of the road.

    In one weekend in July 2009 road workers along the eastern section of the M60 recorded eight ‘near-miss’ reports of motorway users driving into the roadworks and hurtling towards them.

    Greater Manchester Police is backing the contractors with a promise to prosecute offenders. The police have given roadworkers an evidence check-list of the things the Police require to prosecute. Drivers are being warned that some of the incidents are so dangerous they could face jail if convicted.

    Roger Coles, of the Highways Agency said, “Putting roadworkers’ lives at risk with this kind of behaviour is inexcusable and we will prosecute drivers where we can. Drivers are certainly risking fines and points leading to a ban but offences like dangerous driving also carry prison sentences.”

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