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Police ask motorists to drive with 'extra caution' following Amber weather warning

An Amber weather warning has been issued by The Met Office Credit: Met Office

Police Scotland has issued travel advice to motorists following an Amber weather warning from The Met Office.

The warning means people should be prepared for widespread snow showers across across our region during Wednesday evening, through into Thursday morning.

Strong, gusting winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

Police are asking motorists to drive with extra caution, and to properly prepare before their journey.

"There is a risk of localised disruption to travel throughout Wednesday and Thursday and we would ask motorists to take precautions before they set off.

"If you are travelling you should ensure that you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions.

"Make sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."

– nspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit

Drink drivers ignoring police warning

Motorists are being warned that random breath tests will be carried out Credit: ITV Border

Police say drivers across Scotland are ignoring warnings about driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In the second week of the festive drink drug driving campaign, 79 people were caught drink driving, and a further six were caught driving under the influence of drugs.

A 62-year-old man from Castle Douglas was arrested after crashing into a parked car at four o'clock in the morning on December 12th.

He was given a breath test and found to be nearly three times over the limit.

He was charged with drink driving and careless driving, fined £500 and disqualified for 30 months.