Pro-Brexit campaigners to be punished for ‘inconsiderate driving’
British motorists who took part in the pro-Brexit protest which caused chaos on the motorways to land a punishment.
Brexiteers took part in the protest by driving slowly on the A30 on Thursday. Drivers organised the rush hour go-slow after the EU exit date was postponed.
Inspector Simon Jenkinson, from the Alliance Roads Policing Team warned motorists thinking of protesting that they could be punished.
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.”
Participants travelled as low as 45mph across all three lanes on the causing other cars to dangerously try and swerve to get past.
The inspector added: “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.”
It caused traffic chaos across Devon, Cornwall, Lancashire, Stoke-on-Trent, Hull and north Wales.
Brexit Direct Action have called for subsequent protests out of fury at Theresa May’s negotiations.
Devon and Cornwall Police said it had stopped the convoys on the A30 and M5 and punished the lead vehicles responsible.
Police officers reportedly spoke to the organisers beforehand and told them to ensure other drivers could pass them and to not travel below 45mph.
The Inspector Tweeted: “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.”
A statement on the protesters’ Twitter account says: “BDA group believe that our government should fulfil their manifesto and EU referendum pledge to exit the EU on 29th March with either an acceptable Withdrawal Agreement, or WTO managed exit.”