81-year old drives 15 miles against traffic on the M65
28 March 2008

A pensioner has caused chaos on a Lancashire motorway after driving down the wrong side of the M65 for 15 miles – and past seven junctions. Martha Harwood drove at 40mph on her way home from a friend’s house. The 81-year old grandmother, puzzled by a new road layout, had driven up the exit slip road of junction six. Four people required hospital treatment as the oncoming traffic swerved to avoid Mrs Harwood’s Suzuki Ignis. One person had to be cut free after the car they were in struck the crash barrier.The motorway was shut for five hours as Police halted the retired florist’s car, and cleared up the aftermath.Mrs Harwood was not arrested, but it seems likely that she will have her driving licence revoked following her mistake.She said: 'At first I didn’t think there was anything wrong, then I saw cars coming towards me. It was quite scary, but there was nowhere to turn round so I just kept going.'The Police admitted that it was fortunate that no serious injuries had resulted from the incident.

Nic Cackett

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29 March 2008

Someone tell Granny 50mph is the minimum speed limit on a motorway, not 40mph, even if she is going the wrong way!

The Police need to establish whether Grannies eyesite is up to scratch or was it, as she claims, new and poorly redesigned road markings that are to blame.

I hope all the doubters in the 'Auto-Bahn' topic who think it's the highest speeders that are the most dangerous read this. The most dangerous drivers are the slowest. Can the Government, which ignores the fact that 99% of motorway accidents aren't speedsters, roll out a factually accurate 'THINK' campaign that instead of preeching nonesense about 'Speed Kills' tells the truth (for once) and states "Switch On - Sloppy Driving Is Dangerous".

29 March 2008

JJB - do you mean to say that you would knowingly storm the wrond way down a motorway at 50 mph. Read the article - she was looking for a place to turn round, but was so shaken she missed four junctions.

29 March 2008

Seren - that comment was strictly tongue in cheek. I feel for her, at the time and the after-math must have been frieghtening and the other drivers effected!

29 March 2008

[quote JJBoxster]

I hope all the doubters in the 'Auto-Bahn' topic who think it's the highest speeders that are the most dangerous read this. The most dangerous drivers are the slowest.

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More turgidness from the King of such things.

The most dangerous drivers are those who who drive up the road the wrong way. It's got nothing to do with speed - 40mph - 50mph - 60mph - it matters not.

It's all about human factors and regardless of what you are doing - it's all the other buggers around you that you have no control over that are the problem.

FACT.

30 March 2008

Yes!! Another scatter-gun post from your twisted-up brain. Post 5 reasons/actions that create accidents Scummy

31 March 2008

Poor woman she, wants to get around, give over 60s free public transport after 08.30 in the UK, reduce congestion, accidents and improve their quality of life.

31 March 2008

Great but public transport is sheeeeite.

1 April 2008

"Poor thing", "feel sorry for her", quite possibly. But this highlights that that things need to change not only at the new learner stage but also in retesting OAP's.

It's not like driving in yester year granny.

2 April 2008

[quote JJBoxster]

Someone tell Granny 50mph is the minimum speed limit on a motorway, not 40mph, even if she is going the wrong way!

The Police need to establish whether Grannies eyesite is up to scratch or was it, as she claims, new and poorly redesigned road markings that are to blame.

I hope all the doubters in the 'Auto-Bahn' topic who think it's the highest speeders that are the most dangerous read this. The most dangerous drivers are the slowest. Can the Government, which ignores the fact that 99% of motorway accidents aren't speedsters, roll out a factually accurate 'THINK' campaign that instead of preeching nonesense about 'Speed Kills' tells the truth (for once) and states "Switch On - Sloppy Driving Is Dangerous

[/quote]Please tell me what exactly her speed had to do with her dangerous driving and how this is relevant to the other post?

2 April 2008

SpecB - Speed has nothing to do with dangerous driving. I've been making this point for months and have repeated the point 100's of times. It's not how fast you drive that makes an accident in 99% of cases. It's how stupidly or thoughtlesly you or someone else drives that causes an accident or many other factors - oil on road, road surface, alchahol, drugs, brake or tyre failure or as Granny claimed unclear or new road signs.

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