M27 smart motorway: 6,000 drivers ignoring 50mph speed limit are putting lives at risk

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LIVES are being put at risk by 6,000 drivers who have broken a 50mph speed limit imposed near to roadworks as the M27 is converted into a smart motorway.

Since January 7, a 50mph speed limit has been rolled out between Junction 4 and Junction 8 to protect road workers and broken down cars as the M27 smart motorway is upgraded.

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But with some motorists caught driving over 90mph, Hampshire police’s road policing unit took to social media to highlight that higher speeds puts people at risk.

In a tweet police said: ‘Roadworks since 7th Jan 6,000 vehicles have exceeded the 50mph.

‘With narrow lanes and no hard shoulder this puts roadworkers, broken downs and other road users at a higher risk of a collision and injury. Please stick to the limit - or below.

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‘There have been vehicles recorded over 90mph.’