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Police hear 'all sorts of stories' for non-emergency hard shoulder stopping

A campaign has been launched in the Midlands to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on parts of the M6 and M42 motorways.

Hundreds of vehicles drive illegally in the emergency lane every day across the region.

The police and the Highways Agency say that it is putting people's lives at risk.

Hard shoulder accidents are the 'most severe'

Motorways carry a third of all traffic but are our safest roads. They would be safer still if people followed the rules about using the hard shoulder.

Around one in 10 motorway fatalities occurs on the hard shoulder and accidents here tend to be most severe because of the killer combination of stationary vehicles being hit by those travelling at very high speeds.

– RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister

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Misusing hard shoulder could 'put lives at risk'

A campaign has been launched by the Highways Agency and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) in the Midlands to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on parts of the M6 and M42 motorways.

We do not want to issue fines and instead want to encourage good driving behaviour, but people need to understand that travelling on the hard shoulder when it is not available as a traffic lane is illegal and unsafe. They could cause a traffic collision and put lives at risk.

– Chief Inspector Derek Roberts, CMPG

Some of the reasons for non-emergency hard shoulder stops

Taking photographs, having a sleep and stopping to pick flowers are just some of the reasons given by motorists for non-emergency stops on motorway hard shoulders. 8,655 cases of drivers stopping on hard shoulders in non-emergency situations were recorded in 2012, according to the Highways Agency.

A campaign has today been launched to stop drivers misusing the hard shoulder on sections of the M6 and M42 in the Midlands. Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.

I hope that all road users hearing about this will start to correctly use the hard shoulder, follow the overhead signs displayed and drive safely.

Whether drivers are doing this because they are unaware or deliberately trying to exit the motorway more quickly, they are putting themselves and others at risk.

Driving on the hard shoulder when it is not available for use could lead to collisions with vehicles who have stopped in an emergency or with the breakdown and emergency services who have stopped there to offer assistance.

– Jamie Hassall, Highways Agency national enforcement co-ordinator

Campaign to tackle illegal hard shoulder use begins

A campaign is starting today to stop drivers illegally using the hard shoulder on the motorway.

These signs indicate the use of the hard shoulder is illegal Credit: Highways Agency

Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.

Excuses from drivers who stop illegally on the hard shoulder include taking photographs, setting the sat-nav and picking flowers.

Using hard shoulder illegally can put motorists at risk Credit: Highways Agency

The campaign is a joint venture between the Highways Agency and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), designed to prevent people putting themselves and other drivers at risk.

Police investigate fatal M42 road collision

Police are investigating the circumstances of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the M42 southbound between J3A and J3 at 2.35pm on 29th April 2013.The collision occurred when a silver Nissan X-Trail left the road to the nearside.

It travelled across the hard shoulder, through a wooden fence and hedgerow and for some distance into an adjacent field.

Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the vehicle involved leave the carriageway or the manner of driving of any vehicles prior to the collision.

The female passenger in the car, in her 60’s from Worcestershire, suffered fatal injuries during the crash and was declared dead at the scene.

The male driver was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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Woman dies after M42 crash

A woman has died and a man has been injured following an RTC on the M42 motorway this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the west bound carriageway, near junction 3a, at around 2.40pm.

An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

Driver killed on M42 named

Police have named the driver who died on Sunday after a crash on the M42.

19-year-old Jake Rhys, from Polesworth, was declared dead at the scene.

It happened shortly before 8am on Sunday between junctions 10 and 9 on the M42.

Police are still appealing for witnesses in which the silver Ford Fiesta left the southbound carriageway.

The scene of the crash on the M42 Credit: ITV News Central

Man dies after M42 accident in Staffordshire

The car rolled over into the embankment

A man has died following an accident on the M42 near Tamworth.

It happened between junctions 10 and 9, Southbound at around 8.00am.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that rolled over and was up the embankment of the motorway.

“The driver of the car had suffered multiple serious injuries and was in traumatic cardiac arrest. Advanced life support was carried, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Sign error may see speeding convictions overturned

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned because of the font used on some variable speed limit signs may not have complied with traffic regulations.

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The numbers displayed on some variable speed limit signs on the M42 were taller and narrower than the regulations, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

At least 11,000 fixed penalties were issued to motorists breaking the variable speed limit between junctions 7 and 9 of the M42 last year, according to the BBC.

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