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First driver fined for ignoring traffic officer

A driver from Tonbridge has been the first to be fined as a result of ignoring a Traffic Officer.
Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, Highways Agency Traffic Officers have powers to direct and divert traffic. Maximum penalties for non-compliance include a fine of up to £1,000, driving licence endorsement and even disqualification.The motorist pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with the Directions of a Traffic Officer and driving on the hard shoulder last month. The 45-year-old was fined £500, had three points put on his licence and was ordered to pay £35 in costs.The incident occurred when a Highways Agency crew held back M25 traffic, so that Traffic Officers could cone off a crash.Inspector Geoff Wood from Kent Police said, 'This driver not only put his own safety at risk but that of other motorists. This case sends a message that Kent Police will prosecute drivers who ignore instructions - the failure by any driver to comply with directions given by Highways Agency traffic officers or police officers is a serious matter. Kent Police works closely with the Highways Agency to reduce casualties on the roads and are committed to improving safety.'

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