Snappers snapped at M1 crash site

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More than 40 people were caught using their phones to take photos of a collision on the M1 this morning (Monday).

Emergency services were called at 6.40am to reports that a lorry had collided with a central reservation. Fortunately no-one was injured, however two lanes were closed while recovery work was carried out.

While dealing with the incident, police officers noticed a number of passing motorists photographing or videoing the scene on mobile phones while driving.

PC Mark West, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “In just one hour we saw 43 people using their mobile phones while driving, attempting to take photos or videos of the collision.

“These irresponsible people, a mix of both car and lorry drivers, put their own lives and the lives of others at risk by using a phone at the wheel, and can expect a notice of intended prosecution to land on their door step imminently.

“Using a mobile phone is one of the fatal four, along with drink-driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, and speeding, and is never acceptable. That’s why we’re working hard to clamp down on these offences and making the roads of Bedfordshire safer for everyone.”