Video: Traffic drives the wrong way down the M1

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Motorways may be touted as being some of the safest roads in the country, but the M1 has seen dozens of drivers heading the wrong way down a sliproad to avoid long queues, towards oncoming traffic.

A number of law-breaking drivers performed illegal u-turns on the motorway to avoid heavy traffic that had backed up around junction 19 of the motorway earlier this month following a serious incident.

Following the spate of dangerous drivers heading the wrong way down the sliproad, Northamptonshire Police has been trawling through CCTV footage in an attempt to identify drivers. CCTV images released by the police force show motorists including a coach and motorhome turning from the hard shoulder onto the sliproad onto the motorway, despite the oncoming traffic.

PC Dave Lee from Northamptonshire Police's roads policing unit said: "These people were behaving ridiculously.

"People joining the motorway aren't expecting other vehicles to be coming towards them. These drivers were not only putting their own lives at risk, they were risking the lives of everyone heading down that slip road."