Published: 07/01/2019 16:53 - Updated: 07/01/2019 16:59

High winds prompt 'extreme caution' warning from police

 

Police have urged drivers to be careful.
Police have urged drivers to be careful.
POLICE  have urged drivers to exercise "extreme caution" on the roads as high winds continue to batter large swatches of the area. 

 

The Police Scotland caution followed a Met Office weather warning which is in place until tomorrow morning.

Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie, from Police Scotland's road policing division, said: "Very strong winds are expected to affect northern and eastern Scotland with gusts of 65 to 75 mph likely, particularly in the far north and northeast, before winds gradually ease from the west during Tuesday morning."

He added: "Police Scotland is advising all drivers to travel with extra caution and ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

"If you are driving a vehicle which may be vulnerable to being blown over in such conditions along exposed routes including bridges, please exercise additional caution and plan your route to avoid exposed areas or consider cancelling your journey until conditions improve.

"Previous incidents have clearly shown the dangers of driving such vehicles and the subsequent danger created for other road users, emergency services and recovery operatives where incidents have occurred due to drivers ignoring warnings.

"Winter driving is a question of common sense and all drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport."

Traffic Scotland information can be found at www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com  

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