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Impatient motorists who performed dangerous manoeuvres on the A2 are banned from driving

Three motorists have been disqualified from driving for 12-months after they performed U-turns and drove the wrong way up a dual carriageway after police closed the road due to a fatal collision which left three dead.

Officers were called to the A2, Brenley Corner, near Dunkirk, Faversham at 4.29am on Thursday, 11 January 2018 after a report that a black Mercedes had been in collision with a parked lorry. Three occupants of the car died at the scene and the road was closed whilst emergency services worked at the scene.

The traffic had to be stopped to allow police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service access to the scene. During this time three motorists who were held in the queuing traffic performed U-turns and travelled towards oncoming traffic along the A2 to avoid the delay.

Dangerous driving charges

They were subsequently charged with dangerous driving. Two of the motorists appeared before Maidstone Magistrates Court on 5 October 2018 and the other appeared before Medway Magistrates Court on 5 September 2018. All three were disqualified from driving for a year and will have to pass an extended test in order to regain their licence. The motorists were additionally issued with fines ranging from £500 to £1000 each.

Investigating Officer PC Kris Hayward said: ’The vast majority of the motoring public of Kent are understanding and patient when we have to close a road.

‘Whilst we appreciate the frustration caused by being held in traffic, when we close a road, it is for a good reason. In this instance we were dealing with a serious situation where life had been lost and the incident required significant police resources.

‘These motorists performed dangerous manoeuvres that, not only put more lives in danger, but also took away from the resources at the scene. It was not only dangerous but thoughtless and I hope the driving bans issued will act as a warning to others that we will take action against those who just can’t wait when we close a road.’

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