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Drivers 'should take care in snow'

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A senior traffic officer has said that some motorists are putting their lives in danger by breaking speed limits in the snow, something that will not please car insurance firms.

Road users are facing treacherous road conditions due to heavy snowfall, with more showers of snow predicted for most parts of the UK in coming days.

However, a number of drivers are still risking their lives as well as those of others by not paying attention to the temporary speed limits on roads, according to Inspector Ed Turner.

Mr Turner, of Durham Police's Road Policing Unit, said: "You can see that conditions today for drivers are particularly poor.

"Overall I would praise the majority of motorists who have driven within the condition of the weather and the capabilities of their vehicles.

"But there are people who driving too fast, too close and not giving themselves enough time to stop.

"There is more snow forecast, the temperature is going to drop tonight and people will need more time for their journey, and if necessary don't make that journey."

Urging motorists to take necessary measures to cope with the wintry conditions, he said: "People need to be prepared that these are the conditions that we are facing in our winters.

"Drivers need to make sure their vehicles are road-worthy, they have supplies in their car and their mobile phone, and they know exactly where they are going and that the roads are clear."

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