Drivers urged to take care

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TAYSIDE Police have expressed their frustration that motorists are not driving to the difficult weather conditions that are still affecting the area today (Friday).

More than 24 hours of rainfall has led to challenging conditions on the local road network.

A number of collisions have also occurred across the region, although fortunately none have resulted in any serious injury.

Although the current band of atrocious weather is clearing slowly during today, another band of rain, hill snow and strong to gale force south easterly winds begins to move north eastwards through Saturday and Sunday.

It is anticipated that it will have spread across the whole of Scotland by late morning into lunchtime on Saturday driven by south easterly gale force winds.

Given the ground is already saturated, there is a further risk of localised flooding and drivers are urged to take the utmost care on the roads.

Sergeant Mark Hill of road policing in Angus, said: “We had to warn several drivers about their speed, particularly in built up areas such as Brechin and Forfar.

“But it wasn’t confined to the towns and villages and we had to stop and speak with drivers on roads out of town because they were driving at speed beyond what is safe for wet road conditions.

“Tayside Police officers have attended several collisions during this spell of dreadful weather where road surfaces have been affected by flood water.

“This included two accidents on Friday morning - one on the A934 Montrose/ Forfar Road, which resulted in the driver sustaining a wrist injury and another on a rural road just outside Forfar where the vehicle ended up on its side. Fortunately the driver escaped without serious injury.

“Incidents such as these highlight the very good reasons why drivers need to remember to keep their speed down and drive according to the conditions. There could easily be a flooded stretch of road just around the next corner requiring the driver to react quickly.

“Too much speed reduces the driver’s chances of braking and safely controlling the vehicle and thus avoiding a collision.