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Icy conditions lead to treacherous roads in Cornwall

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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Icy conditions lead to treacherous roads in Cornwall

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ICY conditions were causing problems on the roads around Cornwall this morning as temperatures plummeted overnight.

Cornwall Council said gritters left their depots at 7pm last night to cover the county's road network ahead of the forecast frost.

But many drivers still reported treacherous conditions on the roads this morning and police were called to deal with several minor incidents around the county.

At Rosehill in Porthtowan, officers responded to a vehicle that had slid on ice at around 8am, while other minor accidents were reported in Dolcoath Road, Camborne, and between St Just and Penzance.

A police spokesman said: "It should be no surprise to motorists at this time of year when temperatures drop and ice forms on the road.

"If you are able to delay your journey until the sun comes up so much the better. If you're unable to do this then treat every stretch of road as having the potential to be icy.

"It's a well-known fact that higher speeds cause more collisions."

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  • First Impressions  |  December 11 2012, 12:14PM

    Good advice buzzzz.....with sheet ice you need to be moving at 10 mph or less and at a constant speed for risk of sliding on the ice. I should know as I have experienced it and it's not nice!

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  • buzzzz  |  December 11 2012, 12:10PM

    Slow right down, problem solved.

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  • First Impressions  |  December 11 2012, 11:48AM

    If it's possible to make a jourrney after 10 am in these conditions then I strongly suggest that people do so or catch public transport (if available). Anyone driving on roads between 11 pm and 8 pm stands a risk of sliding on black ice. Stay safe out there!

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