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Highways England targets inappropriate driver behaviour

on Nov 6, 17 • by John Loughran • with No Comments[1][2]
The Road Haulage Association is fully supporting Highways England’s enforcement action to target non-compliant drivers of all classes of vehicle. Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett …

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Dashcam footage of dangerous drivers released by Highways England

Footage of dangerous drivers taking to the roads while on their phones or even with their feet on the dashboard – including an HGV driver on a motorway – has been released by Highways England.
The images show potentially lethal activity by drivers – in…

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Dark week on M5 sees five people die as highways bosses say they are constantly reviewing safety of the motorway …

Highways England has responded to concerns about three accidents involving lorries on the M5 in seven days, two of which involved fatalities.

Four people died on Saturday, September 16, when a Mercedes box van crossed the central reservation[1] of the motorway between junctions 15 for Almondsbury and 14 for Dursley and collided with two vehicles.

Police investigations are ongoing as officers say they will not be able to formally identify all of the victims this week. One of those who died, Adrian Beaumont[2], was named on Tuesday.

Adrian Beaumont

That crash was just two days after a man was killed[3] in a collision on the M5 northbound between junctions 16 for and 14 on Thursday, September 14, after leaving a vehicle on the hard shoulder before being struck by a lorry and then other vehicles, police believe.

Traffic is running freely after big queues on the M5 today

Yesterday, Wednesday, September 20, a HGV travelling south between junction 13 for Stroud and junction 14 for Dursley crashed into the central reservation[4].

The crashed lorry (Image: Highways Agency)

It caused the outside lane of the north and southbound carriageways to be shut all day.

Rob Llewellyn, Highways England network operations manager for the south west, said: “Our deepest sympathies remain with all those involved in last week’s tragic incident.

“We monitor the condition of our network, including analysing safety records to inform an ongoing maintenance and renewal programme which is routinely updated.

“Due to ongoing investigations, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

Insp Frazer Davey of Avon and Somerset Police said: “Three people remain in hospital and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones.

“We’re still at the start of a lengthy and complex investigation to determine what happened.

“Since Saturday, we’ve had more than 50 witnesses come forward with information so it’ll take time to speak to all these people and take statements. We’d like to thank the public for their support and assistance.

“The examination of the vehicles also continues and we’re working closely with experts who will assist us in determining what caused this tragic collision.

“We’re keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already provided their details, in particular anyone who may have been travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw the white Mercedes box van immediately prior to the collision.”

References

  1. ^ Mercedes box van crossed the central reservation (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Adrian Beaumont (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ a man was killed (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  4. ^ crashed into the central reservation (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)