Updated: Police warn motorists to avoid driving in heavy snow

Gazette: A snow filled graveyard in Halstead A snow filled graveyard in Halstead

MOTORISTS have been warned to avoid the roads where possible as heavy snow finally hit north Essex.


Adam Pipe, Essex Police, casualty reduction manager, urged people to ensure their lights are working and cleared of snow; windows are cleared before driving; snow is removed from the top of the car; and windscreen washer fluid is topped up.

He added: “Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don't take risks.


“Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

“If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won't cause an obstruction when conditions ease.

“Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.”

Snow began falling at 11am on Sunday causing disruption on the roads.

Others went out to enjoy the snow with hundreds sledging in Castle Park in Colchester.

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4:59pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

The headline does not reflect what the police officer says. He does not say "avoid driving" but just to make sure you are prepared and drive safely.
The headline does not reflect what the police officer says. He does not say "avoid driving" but just to make sure you are prepared and drive safely. Im_Like_HELLO

5:21pm Sun 20 Jan 13

GreensteadResident says...

Nice touch with the photo of the snow-covered graveyard.

I love the imagery.
Nice touch with the photo of the snow-covered graveyard. I love the imagery. GreensteadResident

8:58am Mon 21 Jan 13

co2 says...

yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.
yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys. co2

9:49am Mon 21 Jan 13

Libetia says...

co2 wrote:
yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.
Or you could try walking?
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.[/p][/quote]Or you could try walking? Libetia

10:26am Mon 21 Jan 13

bev52 says...

Libetia wrote:
co2 wrote:
yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.
Or you could try walking?
You surely can't expect children to walk the 5 mins to school in this day and age can you?
Heavens above whatever next!
[quote][p][bold]Libetia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.[/p][/quote]Or you could try walking?[/p][/quote]You surely can't expect children to walk the 5 mins to school in this day and age can you? Heavens above whatever next! bev52

11:48am Mon 21 Jan 13

Ozzie says...

Nice link to associate a Halstead graveyard with the Police and their winter advice.
Nice link to associate a Halstead graveyard with the Police and their winter advice. Ozzie

1:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

O rly? says...

co2 wrote:
yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.
Get a grip...it's a few inches of snow at worst.
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.[/p][/quote]Get a grip...it's a few inches of snow at worst. O rly?

2:38pm Mon 21 Jan 13

icecoolmark says...

bev52 wrote:
Libetia wrote:
co2 wrote:
yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.
Or you could try walking?
You surely can't expect children to walk the 5 mins to school in this day and age can you?
Heavens above whatever next!
ha ha, excellent!
[quote][p][bold]bev52[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Libetia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: yet against police advice,some schools have opened expecting familys to make perilous journeys.[/p][/quote]Or you could try walking?[/p][/quote]You surely can't expect children to walk the 5 mins to school in this day and age can you? Heavens above whatever next![/p][/quote]ha ha, excellent! icecoolmark

2:40pm Mon 21 Jan 13

icecoolmark says...

Can't believe that the police are actually advising motorists not to use their cars. How will they survive if they aren't catching motorists from doing 31 mph in a 30 zone?
Can't believe that the police are actually advising motorists not to use their cars. How will they survive if they aren't catching motorists from doing 31 mph in a 30 zone? icecoolmark

11:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

JanNov1747 says...

Im 71, and i remember walking to school, 4 miles there and 4 miles back in all sorts of weather, especially heavy snow too. Also walking miles and miles every Christmas day with my parents an brother to spemd Christmas with my grandparents and other members of the family. Yes in thick and fog sometimes. These days parents who live 5 mins away drive their children to school, i see it every morning at the school at the top of my estate.
Im 71, and i remember walking to school, 4 miles there and 4 miles back in all sorts of weather, especially heavy snow too. Also walking miles and miles every Christmas day with my parents an brother to spemd Christmas with my grandparents and other members of the family. Yes in thick and fog sometimes. These days parents who live 5 mins away drive their children to school, i see it every morning at the school at the top of my estate. JanNov1747

12:46am Tue 22 Jan 13

Boris says...

All the nostalgic ones should remember that 60 years ago not many families had cars, also most teachers lived within walking distance of their schools. That is why schools stayed open.
Also, the roads were much safer then for pedestrians and cyclists.
All the nostalgic ones should remember that 60 years ago not many families had cars, also most teachers lived within walking distance of their schools. That is why schools stayed open. Also, the roads were much safer then for pedestrians and cyclists. Boris

1:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

O rly? says...

Never mind 60 years ago Boris, when I was at school, a mere 10 years ago, we always walked in and I can't ever remember it being closed for bad weather...(The Gilberd) - these were the times that most families had cars..

In fact, we used to love walking to school in this weather, it was a great excuse to dick about and throw snow at each other...
Never mind 60 years ago Boris, when I was at school, a mere 10 years ago, we always walked in and I can't ever remember it being closed for bad weather...(The Gilberd) - these were the times that most families had cars.. In fact, we used to love walking to school in this weather, it was a great excuse to dick about and throw snow at each other... O rly?

10:26am Thu 24 Jan 13

romantic says...

B o r i s wrote:
Boris wrote:
All the nostalgic ones should remember that 60 years ago not many families had cars, also most teachers lived within walking distance of their schools. That is why schools stayed open.
Also, the roads were much safer then for pedestrians and cyclists.
And we thought the world was flat so what it's not 60 years ago is it donut
Note to this imposter Boris: the idea that people thought the world is flat is a myth. The Ancient Greeks were well aware it was round, the Egyptians knew the diameter to within 5%. Perhaps a few people believed it, but there are people within any society who will believe just about anything in spite of all contrary evidence.

If the best viewpoint you can come up with is calling people a "donut" (American spelling, by the way, this is the UK), it hardly seems worth trying to pretend you are the actual Boris, who has well thought out views on many issues in this town.
[quote][p][bold]B o r i s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: All the nostalgic ones should remember that 60 years ago not many families had cars, also most teachers lived within walking distance of their schools. That is why schools stayed open. Also, the roads were much safer then for pedestrians and cyclists.[/p][/quote]And we thought the world was flat so what it's not 60 years ago is it donut[/p][/quote]Note to this imposter Boris: the idea that people thought the world is flat is a myth. The Ancient Greeks were well aware it was round, the Egyptians knew the diameter to within 5%. Perhaps a few people believed it, but there are people within any society who will believe just about anything in spite of all contrary evidence. If the best viewpoint you can come up with is calling people a "donut" (American spelling, by the way, this is the UK), it hardly seems worth trying to pretend you are the actual Boris, who has well thought out views on many issues in this town. romantic

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