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Motorists urged to travel only if necessary as heavy snow falls across Nottinghamshire

Motorists are being urged to drive carefully and travel only if it essential to do so as heavy snow falls across the region.

The warning comes after the Nottinghamshire Police control room have taken several reports of road traffic incidents this morning on some of the county's major roads.

The included incidents on the A60 at Cuckney, the A57 at East Markham, the A46 at Widmerpool and the A52 at Stapleford.

Police have warned people to travel only if necessary. (43959672)
Police have warned people to travel only if necessary. (43959672)

Officers are warning that snowfall is particularly heavy in the north of the county and are asking people to consider whether it essential to be out and travelling.

Northern control room manager Vicki Lee said: "We have seen a number of road traffic collisions this morning which we believe is due to the heavy snowfall over the past few hours.

"We would urge people to question whether it is absolutely essential to be out and travelling during these conditions and, also, especially during the current restrictions.

"The snow is coming down really heavily across the county, particularly in the north of the county, so please make sure you take the appropriate measures to stay safe if you must travel."

Here are a few simple steps for staying safe during this cold spell:

• Consider if the journey is absolutely necessary and whether there are any alternative ways to travel. Stick to gritted routes wherever possible.

• Check fuel, oil, water, antifreeze and windscreen washer levels before setting off. Checks should also be done on electrics, lights, heaters and brakes and make sure the tyres have sufficient tread. Prepare an emergency kit containing an ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, a torch, boots, a first aid kit, jump leads and a mobile phone charger.

• Continue to check the traffic and weather updates for the latest information. Nottinghamshire Police will provide updates on the latest road closures wherever possible, but the advice is to ensure that the route is clear before setting off.

• Make sure elderly friends, neighbours or relatives, are safe and have everything they need.During periods of wintery weather, the control room also sees an increase in the number of calls they receive, including many calls which do not relate to police incidents.

• To ensure officers can continue to be there when people need them most, only call 999 in a genuine emergency where life is in danger, someone is seriously injured, someone is using or threatening to use violence, a crime is in progress, there is serious damage being caused to property or whenever else an immediate police response is required.

For all other non-emergency policing matters, please call 101 or visit the Nottinghamshire Police website for advice on how to deal with hundreds of policing and non-policing matters.

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