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Motorists using the hard shoulder shamed by police helicopter

Posted on - 28th May, 2016 - 2:12pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Crime, Fulwood, News, Roads, Transport
A number of drivers were spotted by the police helicopter

A number of drivers were spotted by the police helicopter

Impatient drivers have been criticised by emergency services dealing with a major vehicle fire on the M6 near Preston.

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Police helicopter images show a number of drivers using the hard shoulder to try and escape the tailbacks.

Lancashire Road Police tweeted: “Only use the hard shoulder in an emergency or when directed to do so.

“Do not use it to avoid queueing. It is dangerous and hampers 999 services.”

Another view showing the hard shoulder being used in the tailbacks

Another view showing the hard shoulder being used in the tailbacks

NPAS Warton was called out to use its sky shout address system to keep motorists informed of what was happening after the M6 was closed at Junction 32 for around 40 minutes.

Delays of an hour and a half are still being experienced as holidaymakers try to get to Blackpool and the Lake District.

The police helicopter tweeted “these drivers clearly couldn’t wait like the patient thousands of other motorists, so thought they would risk points.”

The police car waiting for some of the motorists

The police car waiting for some of the motorists

A further image showed a Lancashire Police vehicle waiting on the hard shoulder to intercept a number of drivers.

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