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Gritters out on Devon’s roads again as forecasters predict another night of freezing temperatures

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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Gritters will be out on Devon's major roads again tonight as forecasters predict road surface temperatures to drop below freezing for the second night running.

Devon County Council’s highways crews will grit around 1,688 miles of road in Devon from 6pm this evening.

The gritters will be working throughout the night to salt the maximum amount of the county’s road network. Crews will go out and 6pm, 10pm and again at 4am.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, urged drivers to take care and drive carefully.

He said: “Road users must be aware that conditions on the county’s roads may be icy, even on treated roads. The recent bad weather means there is lots of surface water and run off around. "

Devon County Council has issued the following advice to motorists:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;

• Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming;

• Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;

• Drive with care and according to the conditions.

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