Road patrols for winter motorists form part of national police initiative

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Police Scotland is carrying out a week-long road safety initiative in order to encourage drivers to prepare for winter driving.

Ending onMonday, Dumfries and Galloway officers are playing their part in patrolling local roads, stopping motorists in order to check the roadworthiness of vehicles and to offer advice and guidance to drivers about the extra potential dangers that winter driving can bring.

Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Road Policing Unit said: “Extreme weather, reduced visibility and shorter daylight hours all add to the challenge of driving and keeping safe in winter.

Our aim is to remind motorists about these dangers, while checking that their vehicles are roadworthy. Many roads across Dumfries and Galloway get affected very quickly by the extremes of our weather and motorists are encouraged to drive to the conditions they came across.

“We want to work with drivers to help keep all of our roads safe in Dumfries and Galloway.”