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Police warn drivers who hog the middle lane

Police across the South are cracking down on so-called middle lane hoggers on our motorways. Forces were granted more powers in July to stop drivers who don't move over and cause congestion.

Since then Surrey Police have prosecuted more than 20 drivers on the M25 and M23, but thousands more have been warned. Many who are pulled over say they simply don't realise they are causing problems.

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M3 Chaos: Motorists misery

Drivers are facing a second day of chaos on the M3. This time a faulty set of traffic lights are being blamed for a seven mile jam. The problem is at Junction three with traffic almost back to the M25.

It is reported the lights coming of the motorways are only green for three seconds allowing hardly any cars to leave.Yesterday the motorway was closed near Basingstoke following a serious incident involving a bus.

Should traffic use hard shoulders?

Video. It's road widening on the cheap and could cost lives. That's the reaction from road safety campaigners to plans to use motorway hard shoulders for normal traffic. It's being introduced on parts of the M3, M4 and M25 motoways in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion.

And today the Highways Agency hit back at critics and has been demonstrating safety features which will be built in. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Prison sentence for driver

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the Mondeo was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital with minor injuries.

Thomas Molloy, 22, of Norah Lane, Higham, Rochester, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving.

He was sentenced at Dartford and Gravesham Magistrates’ Court on 26 October to 60 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for two years. Molloy was also given a four month curfew to remain at home between 8pm and 8am daily.

He must also pay £85 costs. PC Jamie Woodhams, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: `I’d like to thank everyone who came forward with information. We followed all lines of enquiries which helped with the investigation into this fatal incident.

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