Every year, thousands of potentially fatal traffic violations occur on UK highways.

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Every year, thousands of potentially fatal traffic violations are committed on UK highways.

Thousands of drivers make basic, and sometimes fatal, mistakes on our nation’s fastest-moving roads every year, according to a new investigation.

Rob Hull contributes to this story.

New figures reveal an alarming number of motorists who commit crimes that defy belief while driving on the UK’s busiest roads.

Based on statistics provided by police forces across the country, Auto Express discovered nearly 18,000 motorway-specific rule infringements between the start of 2016 and the end of May this year.

Making an unnecessary stop on the hard shoulder or in a refuge area was the most common offense, with 6,821 penalties issued.

Over the course of the five-year period, officers have witnessed – and punished – a slew of far more lethal errors of judgment.

A total of 165 motorists were caught driving the wrong way down a highway.

On a slip road, another 204 followed suit.

If you think that’s bad, consider that 270 people were cited for reversing along a carriageway.

Another 948 motorists have driven on a section “other than a motorway carriageway,” including those who have crossed painted chevrons at junctions in last-ditch attempts to make it onto a slip road, according to a quick calculation.

Unreasonably, 837 vehicles have parked on a central reservation or grass verge.

A total of 82 people have attempted a U-turn on a highway.

Is throwing the book at them the answer? If the book were the Highway Code, they’d probably back up.

In fact, the majority of these motorway-specific infractions are punishable by three penalty points and a £100 fine, though illegally stopping on the hard shoulder or in a refuge area is punishable by a non-endorsable £30 fine.

On the highway, going the wrong way: 165

On a slip road, driving in the wrong direction: 204

On the highway, reversing takes 270 seconds.

U-turning on the highway: 82

Stopping in a live lane costs 304 dollars.

In the refuge area, driving on the hard shoulder: 2,645

Stopping on hard shoulders in refuge areas unnecessarily: 6,821

Stopping a vehicle on the central reservation of the highway: 837

948. Driving a vehicle on a section that is not a motorway carriageway

Pedestrians on the highway: 469

Unlawfully on the learner

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Thousands of potentially fatal traffic violations occur each year on UK highways.

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Drivers committing thousands of potentially lethal offences on UK motorways every year

Some of the major offences recorded by police forces between 2016 and 2021

Driving wrong way on motorway: 165

Driving wrong way on slip road: 204

Reversing on motorway: 270

Making U-turn on motorway: 82

Stopping in a live lane: 304

Driving on hard shoulder/in refuge area: 2,645

Stopping unnecessarily on hard shoulders/ in refuge areas: 6,821

Driving/stopping vehicle on motorway central reservation/verge: 837

Driving a vehicle on section other than on motorway carriageway: 948

Pedestrian on motorway: 469

Learner illegally on motorway*: 514

*Learners have been allowed to have lessons on motorways since June 2018, but must be accompanied by an approved instructor in a dual-control car

Data provided by Auto Express as part of a freedom of information request to UK police forces

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Drivers committing thousands of potentially lethal offences on UK motorways every year

Some of the major offences recorded by police forces between 2016 and 2021

Driving wrong way on motorway: 165

Driving wrong way on slip road: 204

Reversing on motorway: 270

Making U-turn on motorway: 82

Stopping in a live lane: 304

Driving on hard shoulder/in refuge area: 2,645

Stopping unnecessarily on hard shoulders/ in refuge areas: 6,821

Driving/stopping vehicle on motorway central reservation/verge: 837

Driving a vehicle on section other than on motorway carriageway: 948

Pedestrian on motorway: 469

Learner illegally on motorway*: 514

*Learners have been allowed to have lessons on motorways since June 2018, but must be accompanied by an approved instructor in a dual-control car

Data provided by Auto Express as part of a freedom of information request to UK police forces

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