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Norfolk police: Don’t drive on county’s roads unless ‘completely necessary’

PUBLISHED: 10:48 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 28 February 2018

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Police have urged people not to drive unless it “is completely necessary” as the ‘Beast from the East’ brings treacherous conditions to roads around Norfolk.

While the number of road crashes is relatively low, with just 13 reported, the advice from police is to avoid getting behind the wheel if possible.

Superintendent Chris Harvey, from Norfolk police, said: “Only get behind the wheel if it is completely necessary. If you are going to travel, please make sure your vehicle is prepared for the journey ahead.”

If people really must drive, he gave the following advice:

• 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

• Make sure you have plenty of layers and blankets

• Take a fully charged mobile phone with you

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

Supt Harvey said: “Our priority is those who are already stuck or have been involved in an road traffic collision.

“Please bear with us, we have to take the same precautions you do and it may take as slightly longer to get to you.

“This weather is likely to be here for the next 24 hours at least. Please think about how you are going to get around the county and if it is truly necessary.

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

The public are urged to report any non-urgent matters online at www.norfolk.police.uk and only to call 999 in an emergency.

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