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Police warn against winter travel


Monday December 6th 2010

Police have warned motorists to only travel in weather-affected areas of Britain when it is "absolutely essential".

With snow and ice creating hazardous conditions on many roads drivers are more likely to have an accident and could be forced to make a car insurance claim over the festive period.

Drivers might also want to make sure they make breakdown provisions such as having adequate cover and warm blankets in case they get stranded.

In the south of England, Kent Police have said drivers need to be wary of the "very poor visibility" and "hazardous" conditions in the county, including the M25 and M20.

Meanwhile, officers in Hampshire said freezing conditions had rendered many roads unsafe, despite no further snowfall overnight.

Kent Police said the M25, M26 and M2 are passable provided motorists are careful, but its major congestion plan Operation Stack is in place on the M20, diverting traffic off the motorway on to the A20 at junction 11.

Only Eurotunnel freight traffic is being queued between junctions 11 and 12. All other freight will be diverted as other traffic.

Chief Inspector Andy Reeves said: "As we go into a new day our message has to remain the same - driving conditions across the county are still extremely dangerous and you should only make journeys which are absolutely essential.

"Kent Police are working with partner agencies to keep traffic on the road network moving. Continuing snow and freezing conditions are making this difficult.

"Motorists should be prepared, please consider your safety and decide if your journey is really necessary.

"If you do travel, make sure you have the right provisions for emergencies. If you are already at work, you should give serious consideration to getting home before conditions worsen.

"We urge everyone to continue listening to local broadcasts and check news websites before setting out on their journey.

"If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or relatives, please remember to check on them to ensure they are safe and well.

"Pedestrians are reminded to take great care, as icy conditions continue to make footpaths dangerous."

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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