M5 crash rubberneckers to be prosecuted

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View of a busy M6 Motorway in The Midlands, traffic flowing with motion blur.

Motorists who slowed down to take pictures of a traffic accident on the M5 motorway are to be prosecuted by police.

Dozens of drivers were observed snapping images of the crash, which involved a caravan that had collided with the central reservation close to Michaelwood services in Gloucestershire on July 28.

So distracted were the rubbernecking motorists, that fellow road users were forced to brake suddenly and take avoiding action to prevent crashing into them, as they suddenly slowed at the accident site.

Four drivers will now be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention or without consideration for other road users. A further eight are to receive warning letters from police over their use of mobile phones at the wheel.

PC Shelley Holloway of Gloucestershire Police said: "We were dealing with a caravan that had overturned. Thankfully nobody was injured in the collision. However the actions of several motorists who drove through the scene showed no regard for their own or of other people's safety, as they used their mobile phones to record or video the wreckage as they passed," reports the Western Daily Press.

She continued: "One of the causes of serious injury and fatal collisions is the use of mobile telephones. We urge motorists to switch off their telephones and lock them away if they feel temptation is too great whilst they are driving. You can only legally use your phone if mounted on a fixed point and hands free kit is used, however it is still as distracting as talking to a passenger."

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