Drivers reminded of dangers of using motorway hard shoulders
Drivers are being reminded of the dangers of using the motorway
hard shoulder after two crashes on the M11 left police "astounded
at the stupidity of a significant number of people."
On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, just after 11am, there were two
separate collisions on the north and southbound carriageways
involving several vehicles.
A number of people received minor injuries.
Road policing sergeant Colin Shead said: "We were driving to the
scene on blues and twos, but were hampered by lorry drivers who
were taking their breaks, car drivers parking on the shoulder to
take a rest, people exercising their dogs and even children playing
on the strip. There was one boy whose grandmother was stuck in the
queuing traffic so allowed him to go out onto the hard
"I’m surprised we didn’t end up dealing with a fatal crash while
attending the original collision. Someone will get killed if
motorists continue to act in such mindless ways.”
Motorists should also adhere to matrix signs for their own
Sgt Shead added: "If the signs tell you to drive at 50mph it is
for a reason. It’s certainly not an indication for you to drive at
100mph and narrowly avoid hitting police officers in the