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Motorway close again

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by HMHB, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. HMHB

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    Why is it these days that most accidents cause motorways (and normal roads) to be closed for long periods ? I'm sure it never used to be like this and that the priority used to be to get the roads running ASAP.
     
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    I think it's that, when someone dies (or is in real danger of dying) the police go to great lengths to record everything there is to record about the scene before "releasing" the road.
     
  3. Layne RIP

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    I thought they only closed a road if someone dies!!!
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    That would seem likely but I would also expect them to close the road where necessary for a serious accident.
     
  5. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    There are also occassions where the goods that are being carried in a vehicle may mean that a set period if time is required before anyone is allowed to move them etc...

    Gordon
     
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    Every fatal or potentially fatal collision has to be treated as a crime scene, which will inevitably cause huge delays due to the time it requires to collect all the evidence that has been preserved by the closing of the motorway.

    Photographers will have to be called, accident investigation/reconstruction units & possibly forensic scene of crime officers as well. Investigations are ever more technical & complex in nature than previously & as such will take longer.

    What has changed in more recent years as well, is the health & safety concerns & applications for those people carrying out the work on the motorway following serious collisions & as such it may be them (in addition to those given above) that cause the motorway to be closed for longer periods than in years gone by.

    In 2004 there were 133 fatalities on our motorways.
    The average cost of each fatal collision on the motorway is 1.626 million pounds on current DfT figures.
     
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    Tell me about it! :thumbsdow i was caught in the m3 jam a week or so back.
    Five bloody hours to do 5 miles :thumbsdow

    Found out later that some d!ckhead lorry driver caused a 6 car pile up at 8.30am which killed a woman driver and that closed the whole m3 westbound (hampshire) for 9 hours.The only good news out of the day was the lorry driver being arrested for dangerous driving.
     

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