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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Illegal hard shoulder campaign

A campaign is starting today to stop drivers illegally using the hard shoulder on the motorway. Latest figures show that an average of up to 250 vehicles use the hard shoulder illegally on the M6 and M42 every day.