Motorists reminded to get ready for winter

Fewer shootings and punishment-style attacks were also recorded by police.

Road Policing Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said: “The colder weather can bring both ice and snow and we want to make sure drivers and other road users are alert to the conditions.

Driving too quickly for the road conditions is the one of the biggest causes of road collisions so already if you are in a 30mph area, it may average you have to excursion more slowly because the weather is bad.

“Stopping distances increase greatly when weather conditions are poor, so slow down and leave a bigger gap between your means and the means in front. Another reason for unnecessary frustrations and delay is not preparing your means or making sure it is mechanically ready for the rigours of winter.

“Tyres must be in good condition and meet the legal requirement of 1.6mm. A defective tyre at best could rule to a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence; at worst it could consequence in extreme consequences.

“All lights must be clean, working and correctly modificated and remember to use dipped headlights when driving in poor weather. Our simple advice is that if your means wipers are switched on, so should your dipped headlights.

“If you have fog lights, use them when the weather is foggy, but remember it is illegal to use these lights at other times. Defective lights, or illegal use of fog lights, can consequence in a £30 fixed penalty notice. Windscreen wipers should be in good condition and all windows must be clear of frost before setting off.

“We all need to play our part to make our roads safer for everyone.”

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