'Almost 100 drivers were fined for speeding on a motorway despite highways officials admitting the 20mph speed limit was set by mistake - and the convictions still stand.
The temporary speed restriction was put in place on the M5 just outside Bristol on September 16 2017 following a crash between a horsebox and two cars in which five people died.
The collision happened at 2.30pm but Highways England left the 20mph limit active until 7.30am the following day.
The 20mph limit was only supposed to remain in place whilst traffic officers set up diversions and closed off a section of the motorway. But Highways England has admitted it made a mistake, and rather than setting the limit at 40mph or 50mph when a diversion and traffic cones were in place, it wrongly displayed the 20mph until 17 hours after the incident.
During this time thousands of drivers drove past the restriction and 439 were caught by a speed camera, 97 of who were prosecuted for speeding offences.
The agency has apologised and say steps have been taken to avoid this happening again.'
Read more: Keystone Cop Highways England: Almost 100 drivers fined after 20mph motorway limit set by mistake
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