New screens to be used to stop accidents caused by ‘rubbernecking’

New screens to be used to stop accidents caused by 'rubbernecking' 6th November 2015

Officials in Wales have launched a new trial that is trying to reduce one of the most common and avoidable causes of accidents on British roads. 

So called rubbernecking, where motorists slow down as they pass an accident in an attempt to see what is going on, is one of the biggest problems on British motorways, causing a very high number of rear-end shunts on the road. 

For this reason, parts of Wales will now employ large screens which are used to prevent other road users from seeing crash sites, meaning they are far less likely to slow down and cause other collisions. 

The 30 partitions borrowed from Highways England will be under scrutiny from officials, who say they wish to drastically reduce the volume of collisions on their roads. Some nine accidents take place on the roads of north Wales each and every week, it was reported in official documentation. 

Welsh Ambulance Service officials pointed the finger at the A55 as one area where the screens could prove to be particularly useful. They said that there have been too many incidents where rubbernecking has caused crashes in the last few years, and welcomed the move that will prevent drivers slowing to look at accidents. 

One incident that was highlighted in the promotion of this new trial took place on June 6th last year, where Warwickshire Police prosecuted a staggering 80 people for rubbernecking at the site of one single incident on the M6. 

The Welsh government has said that the new 75 metre screens have arrived in the country and that staff from emergency services will be trained on their erection and use in the near future. 

Road charity Brake has called the move an important and significant one that it is eager to see the results from, adding that rubbernecking has become a very serious problem in the UK as a whole in the last few years. 

Posted by Danielle Barge