Snow time to be complacent on the roads, say police

AFTER yesterday s white-out much of North Devon was getting back to business today (Wednesday), but icy conditions are still causing difficulties in some areas off the main roads and with more freezing conditions expected tonight, motorists are being wa

AFTER yesterday's "white-out" much of North Devon was getting back to business today (Wednesday), but icy conditions are still causing difficulties in some areas off the main roads and with more freezing conditions expected tonight, motorists are being warned to continue to take care.Police reported a number of minor collisions and vehicles stuck in the snow or abandoned by drivers unable to make progress, but no serious road traffic incidents.There were a number of complaints in the Barnstaple area of youths throwing snowballs at houses and cars.Devon County Council is urging motorists to take continued care, with reports that ice and snow are again forecast and temperatures across the county are expected to drop below freezing at around 5pm this evening, which could make driving conditions extremely hazardous.The county's fleet of 84 gritters are this afternoon carrying out another salting of the major routes on the pre-salting network, covering 1,650 miles. They will then continue on to secondary routes into some other smaller communities. Inspections will be carried out at 10pm and 3.30am to see if any further action is needed.The majority of roads across the county are said to be passable with extreme care.Drivers who may have abandoned their vehicles last night are being advised to collect them as soon as possible, to keep access to routes clear for gritters. Pedestrians are also being warned to be cautious, even if the footway has been gritted. And with potential for more snow later this week, everyone is being urged to be patient and vigilant.The county council gives this advice to motorists:_ Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;_ Never assume a road has been salted - remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice. In very cold weather even salting will not stop ice from forming;_ Allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speed; _ Listen to local radio for updates on current conditions; _ Drive with care and according to the conditions. For information on winter driving conditions see: http://www.devon.gov.uk/travelling_on_devons_roads.pdf


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