Watch out for icy roads

Tayside Police is advising motorists to drive with the utmost care, particularly on more on minor roads, with ice being reported as a contributory factor in a number of minor collisions today.

At least 20 incidents have been reported to Tayside Police today, notably in the Perth and Kinross area, but also in Angus, after a period of rain that was followed by clear skies and freezing temperatures. Most of the collisions have been of a minor nature.

However, a 37-year-old man has been taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after being cut free from the lorry he was driving on a back road from the A9 northbound towards Stanley in Perthshire, shortly before midday.

He was complaining of leg and back pain after his lorry left the road, near to the turn off to Tullybelton and ended in a field. However, his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Work is ongoing to treat surfaces affected by the cold conditions, but drivers are warned to be alert to the threat of black ice. A road may appear to be completely clear of snow or ice, but there could be unseen ice on the road’s surface.

Wherever possible, drivers should try to stick to main routes and reduce their speed.

Given the current cold weather, it is imperative that people adapt their driving to suit the conditions around them and be considerate to other people on the road.

Tayside Police will take appropriate action against anyone who is detected driving without due care and attention for other road users.