Police call for drivers to use ‘common sense’

Lothian and Borders Police Inspector Paula Clark
Lothian and Borders Police Inspector Paula Clark

MOTORISTS are being warned to drive according to the conditions after a spate of accidents in Monday’s snow.

The wintry weather and icy conditions made driving treacherous as Scottish Borders Council’s gritting lorries did their best to clear the region’s roads.

Among the incidents was a timber lorry which shed its load on the Newcastleton road just past the pig farm on the way in to Hawick on Monday night, which saw the road closed for around an hour as police dealt with the incident.

At around the same time (8.30pm) there was a two-car collision in Liddesdale Crescent, while a vehicle slid into a house halfway down The Loan shortly before 9pm, although police said there was no damage to the property and nobody was injured.

At the other end of the town, a Morrisons delivery lorry came a cropper at Wilton Hill on the slippy surface, blocking the road amid a late snowstorm.

Inspector Paula Clark told the Hawick News this week: “I would urge motorists to be mindful of the conditions and also to drive accordingly. A lot of it is just down to common sense and deciding if the journey is necessary and if it is necessary to take the car.

“People should listen to the radio and the television as we will be giving out regular updates about the bad weather in relation to whether people should and shouldn’t be driving.”

Police also revealed this wek that they will be clamping down on boy racers, several of whom have been spotted driving carelessly in the snow.

Reports were received on Monday night of cars at the Galalaw Business Park and the Common Haugh.

Inspector Clark added: “We would strongly discourage this kind of activity and we will be making regular patrols in these areas in a bid to stamp it out.

“Anybody observed to be driving irresponsibly, putting themselves, their passengers and the public at risk, then they will certainly be punished through the antisocial behaviour legislation.”