Motorists caught driving wrong way down sliproad to be prosecuted

Those wishing to avoid prosecution have been told to attend a driver awareness course

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The drivers of 74 vehicles caught driving the wrong way down a slip road are to be prosecuted.

The motorists decided to reverse and drive the wrong way to avoid queuing following a crash on the M60 near Sale, Greater Manchester on 6 September, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Three people were injured in the collision which left one having to be freed by the fire service. Police detained the driver of one car who tried to flee the scene.

A police car and an ambulance could not get to the crash via junction six because of the cars which had turned the wrong way.

Registration plates were recorded after the incident was filmed on a mobile phone.

Pc Matt Picton said: “There is no good reason to drive the wrong way down a motorway, it is extremely dangerous and no excuse could ever justify these actions.

“The only time it would ever be ok to do so is if police have made the area safe and they instruct you to do it.

“The laws of the road are there for a reason, which is to protect motorists and people need to realise that they cannot do what they want, when they want.”

He added: “On this occasion we will be willing to offer education rather than prosecution for anyone willing to attend a driver awareness course.

“If not, then they will have to attend court and explain why they felt the need to commit such a stupid offence.”