'Brexit go slow' protest: Drivers face prosecution after ignoring police warnings

Megan White

Police are set to prosecute four drivers who took part in a motorway “Brexit go slow” protest on Friday night.

Despite warnings, drivers took to the A30, which runs through Devon and into Cornwall, and M5 to try to cause gridlock using a convoy of slow-moving vehicles.

Inspector Simon Jenkinson, from the Alliance Roads Policing Team, tweeted that four drivers would face charges for inconsiderate driving after the event.

Some went as slow as 20mph, despite the speed limit on the roads being 70mph.

Inspector Jenkinson said: “A30 go slow - My officers have stopped the front vehicles and will be prosecuting them for inconsiderate driving. We will be adopting the same approach on the M5 should drivers deliberately slow or stop traffic.

“We recognise the right to protest and make views clear but we will not tolerate careless and inconsiderate driving on our roads. We engaged with organisers before the go slow began, they ignored our advice to stay in lane 1 and limit speed to no less than 45mph.

“We stopped 9 vehicles, the front two have been reported for inconsiderate driving the remainder given words of advice and allowed to continue their way and an appropriate speed. If they repeat their actions they are aware we have their details and prosecutions will follow.

“M5 go slow - Our advice was the same, make your protest, don’t deliberately obstruct the carriageway. It seems two drivers ignored this advice, slowing to speeds as low as 20mph on the motorway. They’ve been stopped and prosecuted.

“My officers remain with the M5 convoy and will continue to conclusion. We are committed to ensuring safety on our roads and will take proportionate steps to ensure the free movement of traffic throughout our Force area.”