‘Selfish and reckless’ drivers seen ignoring M6 Preston closure signs

Posted on - 30th May, 2023 - 7:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fishwick, Preston News, Ribbleton, Roads, Transport
There were major delays on the M6 following two crashes in 15 minutes. Pic: Stuart Marshall

Motorists who ignored a red X matrix sign on the motorway are expected to face action from Preston Police.

Two crashes caused Bank Holiday Monday (29 May) gridlock on both directions of the M6 at Preston.

But around 40 impatient drivers were seen ignoring the matric signs and driving through the scene of collisions around Junction 31 at the Tickled Trout/Brockholes section of the motorway.

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A number of drivers were also seen using mobile phone while driving through the collision scene.

The first M6 crash took place southbound at Junction 31 at 12.10pm and involved a car and a van.

A second collision took place on the northbound side at 12.25pm and involved a motorbike.

Police say the motorcyclist has a fractured knee and no other serious injuries have been sustained in either crash.

The M6 was shut in both directions with long delays and matrix signs with a red X were displayed for lane closures.

Those caught having ignoring the matrix sign are likely to face a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 and three points on their licence, and there can be more severe penalties given or a court appearance.

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Supintendent Melita Worswick, of Lancashire Police, said: “First and foremost we must say a huge thankyou to all those people who waited patiently for the motorway to re-open. We appreciate that a collision and subsequent road closure can completely derail your plans for the day, but this is for the safety of all those people involved at the scene, including our hard-working officers and other emergency services workers.

“These two collisions occurred in a short space of time on both sides of the M6, and the matrix signs were very clear that the motorway lanes were closed. However, over 40 people still felt their convenience was more important and ignored the signs, while six people did this while also using their phones.

“We hope this post serves as a reminder that nobody is above the law – and the actions of these few drivers were selfish, reckless and put all of those at the scene in danger.

“The consequences of their actions will be delivered in the post in the next few weeks.”

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