Drivers escape serious injuries on icy roads

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DRIVERS in Essex managed to avoid serious injuries in difficult conditions overnight.

Ambulance crews were called out to 11 crashes in the east of England and two in Essex, far less than had been expected with snow and ice on many of the roads in the region.

However there were still a number of incidents of cars skidding off the roads and drivers losing control.

A spokesman for Essex Police said while it was good to have so few injuries some drivers were still not taking enough care.

The spokesman said: "We have had a number of cars sliding off the road in the conditions but fortunately they have not injured themselves."

Police have reminded motorists to prepare their vehicles for the conditions, leave extra gaps and take extra care.

Chief Insp Justin Smith said: "Hopefully the weather won’t be too bad this week but the advice is still to make sure your vehicle is winter ready, give it a once over check and that you have plenty of fuel.

 

"Remember that the roads can be very icy and you need to drive cautiously, reducing your speed and allowing extra time to break.”

60 gritting lorries have been out on the roads and will be out again today.

Derrick Louis, cabinet member for highways and transportation at Essex County Council, said: "“Our gritters have been doing a great job over the past few days, making sure our road network is kept moving."

 

For more safety advice see the police safety leaflet at essex.police.uk

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11:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

The Yellow Peril says...

I quote: "A spokesman for Essex Police said while it was good to have so few injuries some drivers were still not taking enough care." - Bit like the police person who skidded into the ditch at Cressing station then?
I quote: "A spokesman for Essex Police said while it was good to have so few injuries some drivers were still not taking enough care." - Bit like the police person who skidded into the ditch at Cressing station then? The Yellow Peril
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3:29pm Tue 15 Jan 13

*bubbles2 says...

The Yellow Peril wrote:
I quote: "A spokesman for Essex Police said while it was good to have so few injuries some drivers were still not taking enough care." - Bit like the police person who skidded into the ditch at Cressing station then?
your so right he clearly was not driving for the condition of the roads but i bet it was not his fault !! but if other crash it was cause they was driving to fast or not paying attention.
[quote][p][bold]The Yellow Peril[/bold] wrote: I quote: "A spokesman for Essex Police said while it was good to have so few injuries some drivers were still not taking enough care." - Bit like the police person who skidded into the ditch at Cressing station then?[/p][/quote]your so right he clearly was not driving for the condition of the roads but i bet it was not his fault !! but if other crash it was cause they was driving to fast or not paying attention. *bubbles2
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5:09pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Yellow Peril says...

To be fair, that road is a tiny, deep, sheltered country lane and likely to be one of the most dangerous in icy conditions (but that still shouldn't be an excuse should it?)
To be fair, that road is a tiny, deep, sheltered country lane and likely to be one of the most dangerous in icy conditions (but that still shouldn't be an excuse should it?) The Yellow Peril
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9:01am Wed 16 Jan 13

*bubbles2 says...

no it should not if they know it is a bad road then they could take another road to avoid it, if they had to go that way then drive even slower! drive to the road conditions as they keep telling us.
no it should not if they know it is a bad road then they could take another road to avoid it, if they had to go that way then drive even slower! drive to the road conditions as they keep telling us. *bubbles2
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