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A Tragedy Leads To Motorway Hazard Signs Warning Of Adverse Weather

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On the 13th of March 1991, there was a horrific pile up on the M4 between junction 14 and the Membury service station when a van driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the central reservation. Too many drivers were driving too close and too fast for the patchy fog weather conditions for the area. A 45 vehicle pile up resulted and 10 people were killed.

A question was asked in parliament on why the motorway warning signs were not activated warning drivers of the fog problems. The response was that motorway warning signs were not used to warn drivers of adverse weather but since this tragedy, this was changed.

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That's horrendous!

I have to say, I find driving in the fog really scary at times. There are still far too many drivers who either travel too fast or too close to the vehicle in front. It's astonishing, also, how many people forget to use their headlights.

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