Queuing motorists 'cheered' after police catch impatient driver skipping M1 traffic near Hemel Hempstead
An impatient driver has been slapped with penalty points after being caught using the hard shoulder to skip rush hour traffic - much to the delight of fellow road users.
The Audi S3 was spotted passing queuing traffic on the M1 at around 5pm yesterday evening.
But the driver had no idea an unmarked police vehicle was caught up in the motorway traffic too.
And the motorist was given a surprise when he was pulled over by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit.
The road policing officer tweeted: "This S3 driver didn't want to wait in the rush hour traffic, so he used the hard shoulder.
"Unfortunately for him we were sat in lane 1, waiting like the rest of you.
"Driver can expect 3 points and a fine."
Road users took to twitter to taunt the caught driver
One person said: "Good catch, I bet the other drivers in that traffic jam were smirking", to which the officer replied "They were cheering out of the window".
Another Twitter user said: "Fantastic. Well done. Don't like impatient drivers who think they can get in front of everyone else who just sits and waits."
Just an hour later, the same officers pulled over a white Transit van which they saw travelling in a lane marked with a 'red X' near Hemel Hempstead.
Lane four was shut because traffic officers were in the road recovering a stranded vehicle.