Collisions on the M1 motorway have fallen by almost a third during a Highways England’s safety week.
The government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A-roads trialled the safety week between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 May, during which the organisation’s three unmarked supercabs take to the M1 to capture dangerous driving; almost 200 vehicles were pulled over by Police during that week.
Safety tips and free tyre checks were also provided to hundreds of drivers at motorway services along the M1, while footage was released that showed a lorry driver using a credit card to make a payment on his mobile phone – highlighting the dangers of using a phone at the wheel, which is something the Transport Select Committee has called for action against.
All told, the safety week saw the number of incidents fall from 90 collisions in the previous week to 64 during the week of action.
The figure is the fourth lowest number of collisions in 2019, and the second lowest outside of the school holidays.
Its success means Highways England are planning similar initiatives for other motorways across England.
Richard Leonard is the Head of Road Safety at Highways England. He said the initiatives made the M1 “safer for everyone.”
He said: “We’ve been really impressed with the results of our week of action on the M1 which shows how making little changes to the way you drive can make a big difference to safety on our motorways.
“Our HGV supercabs helped the police identify almost 200 dangerous drivers who could have caused collisions if they hadn’t been pulled over, and our safety tips at motorway services and in the media also helped to make the M1 safer for everyone.
“As part of our current motorway driving campaign, we’re encouraging drivers to remember the basics of motorway driving to help keep us all moving so that the number of accidents continue to fall in the weeks and months ahead.”