Salesmen trading cars, people picking flowers, and stopping to take a pretty picture are among just some of the excuses used by drivers for stopping illegally on motorway hard shoulders in the West Midlands.
Official records show hundreds of people across the region stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency in just three months last year.
One man even told officers from the Highways Agency that he thought the word 'Fire' flashing up on his dashboard meant his car was ablaze - apparently not realising that was the name of the Adele hit he was listening to.
A total of 418 drivers in the West Midlands broke the law between July and September last year - and motorway police are now urging people to make sure they use the hard shoulder properly.
It is illegal to stop on the hard shoulder unless there is an emergency or if it is opened as part of a 'managed motorways' scheme.
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