UPDATE: Council leader blames '˜careless drivers' for M27 crashes
A council leader has blamed '˜careless drivers' for the high numbers of crashes on the M27, and that the route would be safer if more drivers took care on the road.
Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said the stretch of road between junction 11 and 12 was ‘perfectly safe’ despite vehicles switching from three to four lanes.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘I honestly do not feel that the M27 is in any shape or form dangerous.
‘People should drive with care and this would mean there would be less incidents.
‘It is rare when a issue is caused by a car fault. Most of the time it is about carelessness.’
The stretch between the two junctions was coverted from three to four lanes in 2008 by Highways England, who have said the aim was to reduce traffic congestion on the road.
Readers have also been taking to social media to have their say on whether the stretch of road is safe enough for drivers.
Paul Anderson commented on our Facebook page: ‘Expecting people to filter in turn nicely will never happen.
‘People need to keep left unless overtaking. It’s because of the middle lane hoggers that the motorway grinds to a halt.’
And Sarah Langworthy commented: ‘There’s nothing wrong with the roads - I drive on the m27 every day during rush hour.
‘Most of the time it seems to be people not paying enough attention to everything going on around them. That’s what causes accidents.’
Road safety charity Brake, which campaigns for safer roads and supports crash victims, said drivers need to look out for each other more on the roads.
Spokesman Mike Bristow said: ‘It’s disappointing that so many people in Portsmouth have needlessly put lives in danger by taking unnecessary risks through speeding and careless driving.
‘The consequences of reckless driving can be tragic and horrific, with lives ruined forever, just because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.
‘That is why it is important for us all to look out for each other and be considerate.
‘Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads.’
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