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Man jailed after jumping road block

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A driver has been jailed for five months after hitting a Highways Agency vehicle while attempting to squeeze past a rolling road block.

Paul Simpson, 51, was caught between the traffic officers' high-visibility four-wheel drive vehicle and the central reservation barrier of the M6 near Tebay as he tried to get around the safety block, Barrow Magistrates' Court was told.

Simpson, of Maryport, Cumbria, was convicted of dangerous driving after denying the charge. He was jailed for 140 days and banned from driving for 18 months. He will also have to sit an extended driving test once his disqualification ends.

David Grunwell, Highways Agency North West divisional director, said, "This prison sentence sends out the strongest possible message that drivers ignoring the directions of Highways Agency traffic officers and putting other drivers and roadworkers at risk will feel the full force of the law. We would again like to thank Cumbria Police for pursuing this prosecution.

"Traffic officers have been introduced to cut congestion and improve motorway safety. Rolling road blocks are only ever used sparingly."

© The Press Association 2008