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44 drivers stopped for tailgating on M6

By Jordan Reynolds | Staffordshire | Crime | Published:

A total of 44 drivers have been stopped over the past fortnight as part of a crackdown on tailgating on the M6.

Officers from Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) have been identifying culprits as part of Operation Proximity, which was launched on June 3.

Figures recently released by Highways England show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, with more than 100 people killed or seriously injured each year.

The 44 drivers were stopped and given either a driving course, a court notice, a fixed penalty notice or advice.

Inspector Damian Shave, from CMPG, said: “This operation is part of our commitment to making the motorway networks safer and ensuring that people are driving appropriately.

“Tailgating is extremely dangerous and is an offence that can carry up to nine points. We will continue to crack down on culprits as part of our zero tolerance approach to driver’s whose standard of driving puts others in danger.”

Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: “We welcome this initiative by the Central Motorway Police Group and we’d remind motorists to stay safe, stay back.

"We know everyone has got somewhere to go and we want everyone to get there safely so the advice is really simple; remember to leave plenty of space between yourselves and the vehicle in front.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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