Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, Head of Roads Policing has issued a warning to road users following the disruption caused by Storm Emma. Ch/Insp Leisk, said: “The road network across Devon and Cornwall is still largely covered in ice, following widespread snow and freezing rain overnight.
“The Met Office still have yellow weather warnings in place in respect of ice and snow. Our strong advice to motorists is do not travel.
“If you absolutely have to, in order to provide lifesaving support to others, then ensure that you are adequately prepared to be in your vehicle for several hours. We are not over the worst of the weather for some time yet.
“Of the thousands of motorists stranded yesterday, I would ask them to reflect on the importance of that journey, and the subsequent impact they had on the emergency services, and volunteers, who risked their own safety in coming to their rescue; please can we avoid a repetition of this again today?
“We have also been made aware of road users using their mobiles behind the wheel in these treacherous conditions. If drivers are identified using a mobile device whilst driving in these terrible conditions, they risk prosecution for dangerous driving, which carries a prison sentence.
“This stupid and selfish action places other motorists’ lives at risk and is completely unacceptable.”