Highways England and police have joined forces to tackle tailgaters – an offence which is a factor in around one in eight casualties on England’s motorways and major A roads.

New cameras have been set up on roads in England, and drivers caught tailgating will receive letters advising them they were too close to another vehicle and highlighting the dangers of not leaving safe braking distances.

Almost 10,000 vehicles were caught tailgating in the first two weeks of the new cameras being tested to clamp down on the offence.

“These new cameras have, sadly, highlighted just how many people are driving too close on our roads,” said Highways England’s Head of Road Safety Jeremy Philips.

“We understand that most tailgating is unintentional by drivers who are simply unaware they are dangerously invading someone else’s space. But not leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front can be very frightening and intimidating – it could also prove fatal.”

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