Motorists could face action after wind delays

Police may take action against motorists who ignored wind warning signs.
Police may take action against motorists who ignored wind warning signs.
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POLICE ARE investigating possible offences committed by drivers after accidents on two bridges during high winds led to lengthy delays.

Motorists were delayed for up to five hours after a caravan being carried on the back of a lorry overturned on the Ouse Bridge leading to the closure of the westbound carriageway of the M62 on Tuesday.

The Humber Bridge later closed for two hours after a long wheelbase van was blown over.

Police said drivers who had ignored warning signs saying the bridges were closed to high-sided vehicles could face a courts summons for driving without due care and attention.

Mike Dring, temporary chief inspector for Humberside Police, said: “We hope this highlights the dangers of ignoring warning signs under such circumstances. In this case, two incidents which could have been avoided had the drivers taken notice of the signage resulted in major delays across the area and hampered a lot of drivers in the process.”

The winds eased today and the forecast for the coming days is better.

Nicola Willis of the Met Office said the south-west of the country may see some “fairly breezy” conditions today, but added that overall the Easter weekend is looking much more settled.

On Good Friday there is expected to be showers in places, although Easter Saturday promises to be sunny over much of Britain.

The RAC has forecast that four million motorists will be travelling on Good Friday and around 4.5 million on Easter Sunday.

Road users will benefit from more than 550 miles of roadworks being lifted over the Easter period on England’s motorways and major A roads, Highways England said.

For safety reasons, lane restrictions or temporary speed limits will remain at 69 locations.