Severe weather - Dorset police reinforce advice to public
By alfiebass | Monday, December 20, 2010, 11:13
Dorset Police is reissuing key safety
advice to its communities as the snowy weather and subsequent icy conditions
continue across the county.
Due to the heavy snow fall and freezing
temperatures, Dorset Police is strongly urging members of the public to avoid
travel unless absolutely necessary. If possible, people are urged to stay
indoors until the weather conditions improve.
In the event that journeys are
essential, it is important that members of the public travel with extreme care
– ensuring that they are equipped with a blanket, warm clothing and
sensible footwear, as well as a warm drink and a fully charged mobile.
Motorists should drive with extreme
caution and also ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before setting out.
This means that drivers should remove all snow and ice from their vehicles and
ensure that lights, heaters and windscreen wipers are fully operational.
For further advice visit the Dorset
Police website at: www.dorset.police.uk
The Force is also urging the public
not to phone and report that it is snowing where they live or that areas around
them are icy. Local authorities are aware of the road conditions and are
regularly gritting key main routes to keep them open. Minor roads will not be
treated in the same way.
Officers are also asking members of
the public not to phone emergency services to inform them that snowballs are
being thrown, unless actual danger is likely to be caused as a result. It is
essential that phone lines are kept as clear as possible for genuine emergency
The weather conditions may continue
for some while yet and Dorset Police recommends that people regularly check the
Dorset section of the BBC travel news website.
This can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews
Alternatively, travel updates can be
found on local TV and radio.
For details of roads that are closed in the county please visit the
Dorsetforyou local authority website at: http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/closedservices/map
The safest place to be at this time is at home and indoors.
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