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Restrict the right of the police to close motorways

Comment 2nd July 2010

Police frequently close major motorways for extended periods at peak times to carry out extremely detailed forensic examination of accident scenes.  They do not usually give any warning of this.

These investigations are largely pointless as the police do not  publish or share the results with road users.    

Such investigations greatly add to congestion, are an almost daily event and are a huge hidden extra cost for road users.  

The investigation of accidents should no longer be a justification for closing a motorway or other major trunk road.  The police power to do this should be removed.

Why does this matter?

Congestion is huge extra burden on industry, commerce and the motoring public. Adding to it by carrying out worthless investigations is a cost we can no longer afford while trying to stimulate a faltering economy.

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