The Highways Agency is urging drivers to think carefully before setting off on journeys and to prepare for travel disruption tonight into Monday as severe weather is forecast across much of England this weekend.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather alert, forecasting gale or severe gale force winds with gust speeds of 60mph widely expected. Along isolated coastal routes winds gusting at 80mph are expected .
We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast over the weekend.
"Drivers, especially those considering a trip with a caravan this weekend, are encouraged to think carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be difficult on Sunday evening and Monday. If you do have to make a journey be prepared, plan your jour¬ney in advance and check the lat¬est weather and traffic conditions along your route.
"Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space."
– Martin Hobbs, Highways Agency Crisis Management Coordinator
We are out with police in South Yorkshire catching drivers who flout the laws. It comes as two thirds of drivers admit to breaking traffic laws when behind the wheel, according to a new study by the road safety charity Brake.
Two thirds of drivers admit to breaking traffic laws when behind the wheel, that's according to a new study by the road safety charity Brake.
It surveyed a thousand drivers and while almost all of them believe they are comparatively safe, the research found that over confidence and complacency is leading to widespread illegal risk taking on roads.
The number of deaths on South Yorkshire's roads has remained at its lowest level since 2003, according to the local Safer Roads Partnership. 29 people were killed last year from collisions, a reduction from its peak in 2006 when 71 people died.
The number of people classed as seriously injured also remained relatively low compared with the previous decade. 450 were "seriously injured" last year, compared with 684 in 2003.
It is pleasing to see that we have had no child fatalities on South Yorkshire roads in 2012, and that the total number of child casualties has also fallen. However, we cannot afford to be complacent. Every injury collision causes pain, grief and suffering for the families and communities involved. We shall continue to develop and deliver initiatives that have an impact in reducing risk and casualties.
– Ken Wheat, Safer Roads Partnership Manager
The results in South Yorkshire match those around the country, where total road deaths since 2002 have fallen by almost 50%. This equates to almost 1,700 lives saved every year. The volume of traffic over the same period increased slightly, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Dozens of drivers have been stopped by police in the East Riding after they were spotted using their mobile phones.
In total, 34 people were stopped by officers between Monday and Saturday last week as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness of mobile phone misuse.
"I have looked at the individual collisions and spoken to the attending officers - it has been the case that there are a large number of collisions contributable to mobile phone use. This is not necessarily persons using the phone to call someone, but texting, use of the internet and social media. All these seem to involve the driver looking down at their phone and becoming engrossed. "
– Simon Carlisle, Casualty Reduction Officer for the East Riding
In December last year at York Crown Court a woman given a four year jail term for "tweeting" her friend whilst driving. She collided with a car and killed a passenger.
Last August, 10-year-old Sabah Saleem and her three-year-old brother Rayhan were left for dead by a hit and run driver in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. Sabah has had a series of gruelling operations, but she has now been allowed home from hospital to celebrate her birthday, as Jon Hill reports.
Road safety campaigners are warning that drivers are becoming complacent about driving in snow and rain. The Huddersfield charity, Brake says only one in six drivers carry out basic winter safety checks.
There are fresh warnings about deadly dangers of texting while driving after a Yorkshire family were left devastated.
Mary Rutherford died when the car she was in was hit by a driver who was sending a message on her mobile phone at the time. Tonight Mary's daughter has spoken to Calendar to warn everyone do not text and drive.
Next month the driver who caused Mary's death will be sentenced in court.