However, it turned out that the car the lorry driver was ‘forcing’ out of the way was in fact an unmarked police car from the Kent Police Road Policing Unit.
In a tweet shared by the unit, a spokesperson said:
“HGV driver wanted to force a car out of the way in the 50mph limit through roadworks on the M20 by driving too close.
“Imagine his surprise when the blue lights of the unmarked police car flashed up”.
Most motorists will agree, that having a vehicle driven behind you in road works who is effectively trying to ‘force’ you to either speed up or move out of the way is incredibly frustrating.
Especially as most road works have speed cameras which will earn you an automatic speeding ticket if you happen to go over the speed limit.
Most people responded positively to the tweet, explaining that they had often found themselves in a similar situation when keeping to posted speed limits whilst travelling through road works:
Whereas some of the other tweets which were shared were less positive in relation to what had actually happened, taking instead to
It is believed that the lorry driver has been processed for careless driving following the incident.
Careless driving actually constitutes two offences:
- Driving without due care and attention; and
- Driving without reasonable consideration for other persons.
For you to be convicted of one of these offences, the court would have to find that you did not exercise the degree of care and skill that would be reasonably expected of a driver in the same circumstances.
The test is the same for all road users regardless of age or experience.
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