Police threaten to prosecute people who filmed M23 crash

Police intend to prosecute motorists who filmed the scene of a crash on the M23.

Saturday, 26th June 2021, 12:49 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th June 2021, 6:04 pm

Whilst dealing with a road traffic collision on the M23 on Friday afternoon (June 25), officers saw 'several motorists' videoing the scene.

A spokesperson for Crawley Police added: "You will all receive your prosecutions in the post shortly."

It remains unclear which law the police would enforce with these prosecutions.

According to gov.uk, it is illegal to hold a phone whilst driving or riding a motorcycle.

The law states: "You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you're not in control because you're distracted and you can be prosecuted.

"This law still applies if you're; stopped at traffic lights, queuing in traffic and supervising a learner driver."

A new law was due to be brought in this year, making it illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving. The change ended a loophole that allowed allowed drivers to escape punishment for using a hand-held phone to take a phone.

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Crawley Police said it 'appreciated everyone’s patience' whilst one lane on the M23 was shut.

The spokesperson added: "One of the drivers had a medical episode. However, he has been reported for driving on a medically revoked licence.

"If you don’t feel well whilst driving, pull over and call 999."