Cheshire Police is warning drivers who hog the middle-lane that they are putting their lives in danger, as well as risking an on-the-spot fine.
A joint campaign with Highways England warn drivers that they are ‘more likely to encounter an undertaker’ if they stay in the middle lane.
Alan Shepherd, North West Regional Director at Highways England, said:
There’s a common belief that the middle lane is the safest place to be on the motorway but our research shows that simply isn’t true.
“One in seven motorists admit to driving aggressively if they encounter a lane hogger, which means people who permanently stay in the middle lane are more likely to be involved in an accident.
They also cause tailbacks behind them as drivers who follow the Highway Code have to slow down to overtake them.
“We hope this new campaign will get the message across to Cheshire motorists that the safest place to be on a motorway is the left lane, unless you’re overtaking. That way we’ll keep our motorways moving and reduce accidents.”
11 people have been injured in a car crash near Chester.
The collision happened about 1.50pm today on the A51 near Tarvin.
Emergency services say a grey Peugeot 5008, a red BMW and a grey Citroen Belingo were involved in the accident
Two North-West Air Ambulances were called to the scene.
Police have closed the A51 in both directions between the Tarvin Roundabout and at the A55 Vicars Cross Roundabout.
Service suspended on Manchester Metrolink between Deansgate Castlefield and Cornbrook due to points failure at Deansgate Castlefield.
An accident on the M56 in Greater Manchester has added to an already difficult evening for drivers around Greater Manchester.
One lane is closed due to an overturned vehicle Eastbound between Junction 6 for the A538 (Hale Four Seasons Roundabout) and M56 Junction 5 for Manchester Airport. Congestion is stretching back to Junction 7 for the A556 (Bowdon).
Earlier accidents are still affecting the M6 Southbound at Junction 19 for the A556, the M60 at the Eccles Interchange and the M62 in Heywood.
Traffic is building up on motorways around Greater Manchester after several accidents on major routes.
On the M6 traffic has built up after the road was closed due to an accident on the Southbound side between Junction 19 for the A556 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 for the A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). All the lanes have been re-opened but there are long delays heading back towards Manchester.
On the M60 one lane has been closed due to an accident heading clockwise at Junction 12 for the M62 / M602 (Eccles Interchange). Congestion is stretching back to Junction 9 for the A5081 / B5158 (Trafford Park).
Also The M62 Eastbound is partially blocked with very slow traffic due to an accident involving two lorries at Junction 19 for the A6046 (Heywood).
The Manx Electric Railway have suspended services between Laxey and Ramsey following a tram derailment.
Tram no. 58 came off the tracks and toppled onto its side just beyond the Laxey station at around 10.10am.
The tram trailer was not in service at the time of the incident, with no passengers on board.
A full investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the derailment, tram services will resume tomorrow afternoon, a road closure will be required later today to enable engineers to recover the trailer.
Isle of Man Railways has apologised to customers for any inconvenience.
Traffic is queueing due to a rolling road block after an accident involving a car and a lorry on the M62 Westbound between Junction 21 for the A640 (Milnrow) and Junction 20 for the A627(M) Rochdale. Speed is down to 40mph causing delays of 15 minutes. Emergency services are on the scene.
Traffic is also building up on the due to a rolling road block and accident on the M60 anticlockwise between Junction 16 for the A666 (Pendlebury) and Junction 15 for the M61 (Swinton Interchange). Traffic has been stopped whilst police move vehicles to the hard shoulder. Traffic was already heavy in the area.
The M6 has ground to a halt after a serious collision involving five HGVs near Sandbach in Cheshire.
Tailbacks are stretching for miles on The Northbound carriageway which is closed between junctions 16 and 17 following the incident at 11am this morning.
One driver is believed to be seriously injured and has been airlifted to hospital in Stoke.
Emergency services are on the scene and an investigation has begun. Cheshire Police have urged drivers to avoid the area with diversions in place.
An incident involving 5 HGVs on the M6 motorway has halted traffic and caused major tailbacks.
The collision happened just North of Sandbach Services on the Northbound side. That side of the motorway is now closed and fire and rescue teams are on the scene.
Motorists are being urged to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident.