Police bust 46 drivers all doing same thing at M6's Stoke-on-Trent junction

Motorway cops have busted dozens of drivers all doing the same thing at the M6's junction with the Potteries. Officers had been at Junction 15 today (May 26) where they were dealing with a breakdown.

Subsequently the overhead displays had a 'red x' put on them to show the lanes were blocked. But cops with Central Motorway Police group say 46 drivers didn't adhere to the signs.

It comes as research has revealed how millions have been expected to hit the roads across the Bank Holiday. Officials say it could be the busiest since the Covid pandemic.

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But CMPG officers have not been impressed with the manner of some driving. In a post on X, the officers wrote: "Today we have attended a live lane breakdown on the M6 at Junction 15.

"A red X above a lane means you must not travel any further in that lane. It is for the safety of the occupants and attending emergency staff. Forty six drivers have been reported for ignoring the signals."

It has proved a busy day on the M6 through Staffordshire and the A500 as scores of drivers head off - or return - from a Bank Holiday break. It has been exacerbated due to the fact it is now half-term leading to plenty of families making the trip for a getaway.

The RAC reckons this weekend could be the busiest on the roads since the Covid pandemic. It is estimated around four million took to the roads on Friday. Around 3.7 million were expected on Saturday and 3.4 million on Sunday and Monday.

RAC spokesperson Alice Simpson said: “Our research suggests this weekend could be the busiest of the year so far on the roads, with millions of people embarking on getaway trips to make the most of the three days and, for those with school-age children, the start of the half-term holiday.

“In fact, we’re looking at possible leisure traffic volumes returning to levels similar to what we last saw in 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak, as drivers’ desire to make the most of the UK increases. And, in those places where the warm spring sunshine makes its presence felt, the number of people deciding to get behind the wheel and head for the coast or countryside will only go up, swelling the overall volume of cars on the roads."

Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, said: “With near-record number of travellers expected to be on the roads over the holiday period, drivers should be prepared for long delays, especially in and around major cities and towards the coasts. The best general advice to anyone spending time away from home this weekend is to travel as early or as late in the day as possible to avoid the worst delays.

"Travellers should stay up to date on traffic apps like myRAC and listen to local news stations to avoid sitting in traffic longer than necessary.”

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