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Motorists urged to only drive if ‘completely necessary’ as conditions worsen

PUBLISHED: 12:13 28 February 2018

Grove Road, Beccles covered in snow.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Grove Road, Beccles covered in snow. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Suffolk police has issued a warning to motorists to only drive if “completely necessary” as the snow continues to make travel very difficult.

Cars struggle to make it up the snow covered hill. 
Picture: Nick ButcherCars struggle to make it up the snow covered hill. Picture: Nick Butcher

With hazardous driving conditions as the Beast from the East hits the region hard, a relatively low number of minor road traffic collisions have been reported across Suffolk this morning (Wednesday) – but the advice is to stay safe.

As the conditions worsen on Suffolk’s roads, police are advising motorists to “only get behind the wheel if it is completely necessary.”

No serious injury collisions have been reported thus far in Suffolk today, but about 11 minor road traffic collisions have been reported as the road conditions are making journeys difficult.

Chief Insp Matt Rose, from the Suffolk Contact and Control Room, said: “Only get behind the wheel if it is completely necessary and, please, if you do travel make sure you make the necessary provisions for your journey and make sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey ahead:

Heavy snow on Lowestoft Road, Worlingham.
Picture: Nick ButcherHeavy snow on Lowestoft Road, Worlingham. Picture: Nick Butcher

■ Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

■ Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

■ Also clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

■ Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

■ If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

■ Allow extra time for your journeys

■ Reduce speed gradually – sharp braking in freezing conditions can result in a skid

■ Increase distance between you and the vehicle in front

■ Make sure you have sufficient fuel

■ Take a fully charged mobile phone with you

■ Take provisions with you for long periods of time in your car

Chief Insp Rose added: “Please follow our twitter (@suffolkpolice) and our Facebook page (/suffolkpolice) for updates of any road traffic collisions and areas to avoid.

“Our priority is those who are already stuck or have been involved in an RTC. Please bear with us, we have to take the same precautions you do and it may take as slightly longer to get to you.

“My final appeal is for you to look after each other. If you have elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours, make sure they are OK and have everything they need.”

Suffolk Police is currently receiving a high number of calls and the public are asked to report any non-urgent matters online at www.suffolk.police.uk In an emergency please call 999.

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