A MOTORIST who hogged the third lane of the M1 while driving at "40 to 50mph" was fined last night (Thursday).
Officers from South Yorkshire Police Operational Support Team said had driven on the M1 southbound near Rotherham in lane three despite the fact there was nothing in front of him.
"Despite there being very little on the motorway, owing to the time of night, he thought it appropriate to stick to lane three of the four available," said the officer.
"That is until he was forced into lane two by roadworks, which he did at the absolute last second."
Officers said they stopped the motorist at Woodall Services.
"He was not happy at being stopped and wanted to complain about his journey being hindered by our officer," said the officer.
"He disagreed with the suggestion that he should have been in the nearside lane when there was nothing to overtake, because 'that's the lorry lane'."
Officers said they explained the Highway Code to the motorist but he still insisted he had done nothing wrong.
"You can imagine our innocent motorist's disbelief when our officer gave him a Traffic Offence Report for the offence he had not committed, awarding him three points and £100 fine," said the officer.
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