Motorist caught driving at 78mph through 50mph roadworks on M55 near Preston

A motorist was caught driving at 78mph through 50mph roadworks on a stretch of the M55 near Preston.

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 8:10 pm

A motorist who was driving in front of a police car was caught reaching speeds of up to 78mph through 50mph roadworks on a stretch of the M55 today (March 13).

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are in place along a short stretch of the M55 where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project.

The speed limit is enforced to to ensure motorists who drive through them, and road workers, are safe.

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Once pulled over by police, the driver said he didn't realise there was a temporary speed limit.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "Driver reported for excess speed through the roadworks on the M55.

"Recorded at 78mph with a my police vehicle behind.

"The driver [said they] had no idea there was a 50mph temporary speed limit. Not good enough."

A motorist was caught driving at 78mph through 50mph roadworks on the M55. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Excessive speed is a significant factor in collisions and has a huge impact on the severity of injuries sustained.

Speeding means that you will have much less time to react to driving conditions.

It also means that if you have a collision it will be much more violent and more likely to result in serious or fatal injuries.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of the law, you could risk your safety and the safety of others – not to mention face a fine, penalty points or even disqualification, according to the RAC.

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