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Up to 50 drivers facing prosecution for filming fatal crash on phones

Dozens of drivers who apparently slowed down to film a fatal road crash face police prosecution.

A total of 48 motorists allegedly recorded footage of a collision involving three lorries which left one person dead.

North West Motorway Police (NWMP) slammed the road-users on Twitter for videoing the ‘devastating’ incident, which saw the M6 Southbound closed for 17 hours in July 8.

The force said it has have identified the motorists and warned them to expect a ‘letter of prosecution’.

The NWMP – which sees Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside Police working together – warned how it was against the law to use a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel.

But they also criticised ‘insensitive’ motorists for filming the tragedy before relatives of those involved have been contacted.

The NWMP posted a picture of the letter to the drivers issuing a Notice of Intended Prosecution in accordance with Section 1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act.

They tweeted: ‘On the 8th July our @CheshireRCU for the North West Motorway Police Group were dealing with a Fatal Collision on the M6 Southbound.

On the 8th July our @CheshireRCU for the North West Motorway Police Group were dealing with a Fatal Collision on the M6 Southbound.

To the 48 People seen/witnessed videoing the incident from their hand held mobile phones on the Northbound Carriageway whilst passing the incident pic.twitter.com/N42pL1zuTb

‘To the 48 people seen/witnessed videoing the incident from their hand-held mobile phones on the Northbound Carriageway whilst passing the incident your details have now been provided to us and a letter of prosecution is in the post to you.

‘It is an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving.

‘Furthermore, it is insensitive to video the scene of such a devastating incident where by family, colleagues, friends may well not be aware of the incident,’ adding the hashtag #BeRespectfulalways.

In response to one person who asked for an update regarding how many motorists are prosecuted, the NWMP said: ‘we will try and keep you posted. We are going for all 48.’

They added how it was ‘drivers only in this instance’ when asked whether the notice of prosecution applied to passengers.

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