Slow drivers blamed for string of nasty crashes and if caught may pay hefty fine

Slow drivers have been blamed for a string of nasty crashes.

Almost 1,000 people were injured or killed in the last six years in incidents where people going too slowly was a factor.

Crashes often occur when impatient motorists attempting to overtake slow traffic go head-on into vehicles in the other lane.

Eleven people died in such smashes over the past six years including two motorcyclists, two pedestrians, and seven people inside vehicles.

Department for Transport figures reveal slow drivers were linked to crashes that hurt an average of 12 people every week.

According to Rule 169 of the Highway Code, motorists should not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if they are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle.

It tells drivers to frequently check their mirrors, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass.

Going too slowly on any road can lead to a person being penalised for careless driving, which normally carries a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Last year’s tally of two deaths and 112 injuries is remarkable considering lockdowns due to the pandemic and working from home meant there was much less traffic on the roads.

In total last year, there was a 25% fall in the number of people killed or injured in a road traffic accident, with 1,460 people being killed, down on a figure of 1,752 in 2019.

In September last year police in Derbyshire revealed they had fined the motorist behind the wheel of an Audi for driving too slowly on the M1.

It comes after drivers were warned of a new "ghost broking" crime which could leave them out of pocket.

Police figures found men were more likely to fall victim to fraudsters selling fake car insurance, with 351 motorists duped between January and August.

Young men, aged between 17 and 29 are the most likely age group to fall for the crime, and £786,700 has already been taken by unsuspecting victims in total this year.

The average victim can lose around £2,250, with young students at risk even though they are strapped for cash.

Fraudsters will offer cheaper insurance premiums, usually advertising on social media or by word of mouth, and pose as brokers.

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