Police urging drivers to take extra precautions in renewed warning over road dangers

Bournemouth Echo: ‘KEEP SAFE’: Inspector Matt Butler ‘KEEP SAFE’: Inspector Matt Butler

POLICE are urging drivers to take extra precautions as winter draws in.

The warnings come as part of the force’s Countdown to Christmas campaign, which has so far given advice to Dorset residents to help prevent car crime, burglaries and fraud over the festive season.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, has now spoken out with the aim of educating motorists of the road dangers in winter.

He said: “In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for braking on dry roads.

“If the steering becomes unresponsive, it means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

“You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.”

He said considerate and responsible driving is especially important in snowy conditions, and urged drivers to be prepapred.

“Check the local weather forecast for warnings of snowy weather,” he said.

“Do not drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential.

“If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.

“Remove all snow and ice from all your windows and the rest of your vehicle before setting off on your journey so you have a clear view. “Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are de-misted thoroughly.

“Ensure that lights are clean and number plates are visible.

“Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.”

The inspector also urged drivers to pay attention to travel bulletins.

He said: “When driving in icy or snowy weather, take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icing materials, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle.

“Avoid overtaking snow ploughs as they may throw out snow on either side.

“Be prepared for the road conditions to change.

“Listen to travel bulletins and take note of signs.”

n You can follow the Countdown to Christmas Campaign on Twitter @dorsetpolice, and by following hashtag #DPXmasCountdown For more information and updates on how the winter weather is affecting the Dorset County Council area, visit dorsetf oryou.com/winter

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2:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

rayc says...

Inspector Butler has a thankless task. As the Dorset road fatality count has passed 28, the highest for some years, he must feel like King Canute trying to push back the tide. It is a pity that he has to waste his valuable time in giving out this safety advise, as what he has said should be blindingly obvious to all drivers.
Inspector Butler has a thankless task. As the Dorset road fatality count has passed 28, the highest for some years, he must feel like King Canute trying to push back the tide. It is a pity that he has to waste his valuable time in giving out this safety advise, as what he has said should be blindingly obvious to all drivers. rayc

3:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

You can't educate the stupid!
You can't educate the stupid! BIGTONE

4:06pm Tue 10 Dec 13

loftusrod says...

Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help. loftusrod

4:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

retry69 says...

loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :) retry69

4:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

rayc says...

loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Getting the Highways authority to upgrade the A31 and A35 through Dorset would also help. Unfortunately Engineering is the poor relation of the three E's of Education, enforcement and Engineering.
All the more reason for drivers to do all they can not to add to the fatality score. The Police also need to look at their policies and ensure that their limited resources are targeted at the actual causes of accidents and not at the easiest detected offences.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Getting the Highways authority to upgrade the A31 and A35 through Dorset would also help. Unfortunately Engineering is the poor relation of the three E's of Education, enforcement and Engineering. All the more reason for drivers to do all they can not to add to the fatality score. The Police also need to look at their policies and ensure that their limited resources are targeted at the actual causes of accidents and not at the easiest detected offences. rayc

4:26pm Tue 10 Dec 13

rayc says...

retry69 wrote:
loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)
It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)[/p][/quote]It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared. rayc

4:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Isosceles says...

POLICE are urging drivers to take extra precautions as winter draws in.
I think that this is stating the bl**ding obvious - anyone who doesn't know to take extra precautions should NOT be driving!
POLICE are urging drivers to take extra precautions as winter draws in. I think that this is stating the bl**ding obvious - anyone who doesn't know to take extra precautions should NOT be driving! Isosceles

4:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Buzetti says...

Yet another example of the infantilisation of the British Public by those in 'Authority'
Yet another example of the infantilisation of the British Public by those in 'Authority' Buzetti

4:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

static kill says...

Inspector Obvious is just taking a short break from hunting rogue doughnuts.
Inspector Obvious is just taking a short break from hunting rogue doughnuts. static kill

5:09pm Tue 10 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Indeed and also preventing them spending huge sums of money on very badly designed road 'improvements', more and more confusing unnecessary signage and those pretty coloured bits of roadway would help as well.

Driver's might then be able to actually concentrate on their driving!
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Indeed and also preventing them spending huge sums of money on very badly designed road 'improvements', more and more confusing unnecessary signage and those pretty coloured bits of roadway would help as well. Driver's might then be able to actually concentrate on their driving! muscliffman

5:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Do people really overtake snowploughs? I find that hard to believe, even the most idiotic drivers would struggle to do that.
Do people really overtake snowploughs? I find that hard to believe, even the most idiotic drivers would struggle to do that. Telscombe Cliffy

5:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

retry69 says...

rayc wrote:
retry69 wrote:
loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)
It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared.
What his widow received has little to do with the topic and if you are going to quote the death of a relative of mine to win some brownie points (cheap shot) at least have the courtesy to get his name right. Although it will stand you in good stead for a job with the Echo
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)[/p][/quote]It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared.[/p][/quote]What his widow received has little to do with the topic and if you are going to quote the death of a relative of mine to win some brownie points (cheap shot) at least have the courtesy to get his name right. Although it will stand you in good stead for a job with the Echo retry69

5:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

retry69 says...

retry69 wrote:
loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)
Distancing myself from the inappropriate comments,as I said it has happened to me countless times :)
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)[/p][/quote]Distancing myself from the inappropriate comments,as I said it has happened to me countless times :) retry69

6:37am Wed 11 Dec 13

retry69 says...

retry69 wrote:
rayc wrote:
retry69 wrote:
loftusrod wrote:
Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.
Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)
It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared.
What his widow received has little to do with the topic and if you are going to quote the death of a relative of mine to win some brownie points (cheap shot) at least have the courtesy to get his name right. Although it will stand you in good stead for a job with the Echo
rayc it has been pointed out to me that you made a similar comment about Ian Toomer last year in the week leading up to xmas, although the friends and family didnt need reminding of his untimely death.Also in that comment you stated the actual figure that his wife received so perhaps you have an underlying problem or agenda which ever it is I find it distasteful
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Getting the local councils to do some much needed road repairs would help.[/p][/quote]Yep countless times I have been driving along and the state of the road has taken control of my vehicle :)[/p][/quote]It is possible for even experienced drivers to have the control of their vehicle taken from them. Inspector Tomer of Dorset Police was one such unfortunate. His Police car hit standing water in Winterbourne Abbas and overturned killing him. I believe that his widow received significant damages as the drainage system had not been cleared.[/p][/quote]What his widow received has little to do with the topic and if you are going to quote the death of a relative of mine to win some brownie points (cheap shot) at least have the courtesy to get his name right. Although it will stand you in good stead for a job with the Echo[/p][/quote]rayc it has been pointed out to me that you made a similar comment about Ian Toomer last year in the week leading up to xmas, although the friends and family didnt need reminding of his untimely death.Also in that comment you stated the actual figure that his wife received so perhaps you have an underlying problem or agenda which ever it is I find it distasteful retry69

8:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Teddy 1 says...

rayc wrote:
Inspector Butler has a thankless task. As the Dorset road fatality count has passed 28, the highest for some years, he must feel like King Canute trying to push back the tide. It is a pity that he has to waste his valuable time in giving out this safety advise, as what he has said should be blindingly obvious to all drivers.
Need to ask why the fatalities and injuries have now increased in recent years,whats changed...oh yes, the police are catching drivers and sending them on costly courses after they have committed whatever offence...rather than talking and communicating with drivers.. They then send out press releases to the papers which have a limited readership. Thats exactly whats gone wrong and why people are losing their lives on the road....oh and they tell people at this time of year not to drink and drive. Drink driving is not acceptable at ANY time of the year or part of the day!
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Inspector Butler has a thankless task. As the Dorset road fatality count has passed 28, the highest for some years, he must feel like King Canute trying to push back the tide. It is a pity that he has to waste his valuable time in giving out this safety advise, as what he has said should be blindingly obvious to all drivers.[/p][/quote]Need to ask why the fatalities and injuries have now increased in recent years,whats changed...oh yes, the police are catching drivers and sending them on costly courses after they have committed whatever offence...rather than talking and communicating with drivers.. They then send out press releases to the papers which have a limited readership. Thats exactly whats gone wrong and why people are losing their lives on the road....oh and they tell people at this time of year not to drink and drive. Drink driving is not acceptable at ANY time of the year or part of the day! Teddy 1

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