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Storm Ophelia causes disruption on Cumbria roads

Overturned lorry on the M6 near Shap now cleared Credit: ITV Border

Overturned vehicle on the M6 - CLEARED Two lanes are closed due to recovery work because of an overturned vehicle on the M6 Southbound between J40 A66 (Penrith) and J39 B6261 (Shap). Traffic is busy but moving.

Irish Street closed - Whitehaven B5345 Irish Street Westbound is closed due to a damaged building from Roper Street to Howgill Street.

Egremont Bridge closed Egremont Bridge is closed due to safety reasons at Church Street.

Kersey Bridge closed B5345 Kersey Bridge in Thornhill is closed due to safety reasons.

Ford Bridge closed New Road in Burneside is closed both ways due to emergency repairs at Bridge Street / New Street.

Windermere vehicle ferry not operating The vehicle ferry is not operating due to strong winds on Windermere between Bowness and Far Sawrey.

POLICE ARE URGING THE PUBLIC TO ONLY TRAVEL IF ESSENTIAL. Motorists should drive with caution and take emergency supplies such as blankets, food and water and mobile phones and chargers.

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Youths caught tying a chain across a road in Carlisle

Cumbria Police were called to the incident around 7.40pm on 20 August Credit: ITV Border

Three youths have been caught tying a chain across a road in Ascot Way, Carlisle, at the entrance to The Ridings.

Cumbria Police were called to the incident around 7.40pm on 20 August, where the youths matching the description were found and warned about the dangers of such behaviour and their future actions.

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Road safety campaign backed by Scotland rugby player

A powerful new campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, urges drivers to watch their speed on country roads and help reduce the number of fatalities.

Don't miss what's round the corner. Credit: Scottish Government

"Don't miss what's round the corner. Watch your speed on country roads". thats the message from the Scottish Government as they launch a road safety campaign.

Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads - over half (55%).

Last year alone 755 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads and three out of four of those were men.

Loss of control is the biggest cause of deaths on country roads, frequently associated with driving too fast for the conditions and leaving too little time to react to unpredictable road conditions and hazards.

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Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads.
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people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads.

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:

We are committed to achieving safer road travel in Scotland for everyone and clearly we are heading in the right direction. However we still have a long way to go, particularly with younger male drivers.

This campaign encourages motorists in Scotland to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions, particularly on country roads as there is a higher proportion of fatalities in rural areas.

We know the risks are associated with inappropriate and excessive speeds, which is why Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 has speed as one of its priorities and includes a variety of measures to tackle the problem.

We have been making good progress, but there is still more to be done to help reduce fatalities on our roads.”

– Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay

You can watch the highly emotive campaign advert here:

Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland said:

We are urging drivers to take extra care on country roads, as you never know what hazards are waiting round the corner or when something unexpected might happen.

It’s important to drive according to the road conditions as driving even slightly too fast can turn avoidable incidents into serious and ultimately fatal crashes. We hope this new campaign will contribute to a reduction of deaths on Scotland’s roads.”

– Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Scotland and Glasgow rugby player, Stuart Hogg, tragically lost his best friend, Richard Wilkinson, in a crash on a country road in 2009 and is supporting the campaign.

Losing my best mate Richard will live with me forever and was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It could have easily been me and I think about him every day and all of the things he’s missed out on.

I’m supporting the new campaign to encourage people to take extra care on country roads and I hope I’m doing Richard and his family proud.”

– Stuart Hogg, Scotland and Glasgow rugby player
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Stuart Hogg has been involved with the campaign to help promote road safety, particularly amongst younger drivers.

You can watch the video below

The campaign is running throughout Scotland across multiple channels including TV, cinema, outdoor, radio, digital advertising.

Firefighters hit the road to drive home safety messages

Credit: PA

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is hitting the road this week to spread safety messages as part of a national campaign.

The Chief Fire Officers Association has designated 8-14 June as UK Road Safety Week and is encouraging fire services across Britain to take part by hosting road-safety related activities.

With road collisions still the leading cause of death for young adults aged between 15 and 19, this year’s Road Safety Week is focusing on the issue of young drivers and passengers being distracted and Cumbria's firefighters are supporting the week with a number of events around the county.

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