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Measures announced to improve safety on smart motorways - RAC reaction

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Measures announced to improve safety on smart motorways - RAC reaction

Reacting to the news that no new stretches of 'all lane running' smart motorway will open without new radar technology to spot stranded vehicles, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment that no smart motorway will open without the important stopped vehicle detection technology as this should improve safety significantly.

“While it appears good progress is being made on implementing some of the changes the Government promised last year, we are concerned that drivers will still need to wait up to 18 months before all cameras are enforcing ‘red X’ lane closed signs. Enforcement is vital in getting all drivers to obey these signs as anyone who disregards them is at a much greater risk of being in collision with a stranded vehicle.

“With the Government seemingly committed to all lane running smart motorways, it is imperative they’re made as safe as possible by using all the technology and highway design features at their disposal.”

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