Six points for road-block dodger

Six points and a £100 fine have been slapped on a driver who used the hard shoulder to avoid a Highways Agency safety block on the M67.

John Chapman, 61, of Cherry Hinton, Oldham, had denied driving on the hard shoulder, failing to stop and driving without consideration for other road users.

Tameside Magistrates' Court had heard that shortly before rush hour a car shed its roof-box load near Hyde, scattering debris across the carriageway.

Highways Agency traffic officers staged a rolling road block using a high-visibility vehicle with flashing lights and 'stay back' sign to allow a colleague to pick up the debris.

Mr Chapman used the hard shoulder to pass the road block and swerve around three children and a woman from the car that had shed its load before heading towards the lone traffic officer working in the road.

The Highways Agency said it welcomed the conviction, which is the seventh similar case in Greater Manchester.

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