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Shock figures show 721 drivers have gone the wrong way on a motorway in the past five years


A SHOCKING 721 drivers have gone the wrong way on a motorway in the past five years.

They included motorists who reversed or made U-turns in the main lanes, and those who got slip roads all wrong.

Shocking figures reveal that 721 drivers have been caught going the wrong way down a motorway in the past five years

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Shocking figures reveal that 721 drivers have been caught going the wrong way down a motorway in the past five yearsCredit: Getty – Contributor

They were often elderly or confused, high on drink or drugs or were being chased by the police.

Many incidents were caused by drivers who had missed an exit.

In total, police have dished out 17,775 tickets for motorway offences since 2016.

Drivers also landed in trouble for stopping in a lane, zipping along the hard shoulder or being in a prohibited vehicles from tractors to e-scooters.

Police in England and Wales have also handed out 469 tickets for pedestrians walking next to motorways — usually people out of petrol, or migrants getting out of lorries.

Auto Express, which collected the figures from 28 police forces, said: “Almost every collision is caused by human error and, while this can never be eliminated, it is difficult to fathom the thought processes that cause people to make a U-turn on a motorway.

“Little will change until we can move away from heated debate around motorways and realise it is only by improving driver behaviour that safety will be improved.”

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