585 fine for ignoring road block

A van driver has been fined £585, with three penalty points imposed on his driving licence, for ignoring a rolling road block set up to safeguard traffic officers on the M60.

They were trying to recover a lorry strap from lane three of the motorway between junctions 22 and 23 near Ashton under Lyme, and advisory 50mph signs had already been activated.

The road block was breached almost immediately by Derek Carley, 51, from Mossley. It had to be abandoned, and safe recovery of the strap was delayed.

Mr Carley appeared at Tameside Magistrates' Court, where he admitted driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. The court said that the size of the fine, and the imposition of penalty points, reflected the seriousness and potential danger of his actions.

North West Divisional Director David Grunwell said: "We take the safety of our road workers and traffic officers very seriously.

"In this case, two people working on the motorway, attempting to recover potentially dangerous debris, were put at risk by a driver breaching a rolling road block. We hope this conviction will remind drivers that it is an offence to ignore the instructions of traffic officers."

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