Ice advice after flurry of accidents

POLICE and doctors today warned people to take care on pavements and minor roads after a number of accidents in the wintry conditions.

POLICE and doctors today warned people to take care on pavements and minor roads after a number of accidents in the wintry conditions.

Consultants in Ipswich Hospital's emergency department are urging people not to go out unless necessary after being inundated with people who have slipped and fallen on the ice.

Jan Rowsell, a spokeswoman for the Ipswich Hospital, said: “We have seen the largest number of fractures today since the snow began. People are trying to be careful, but it is so slippery and icy that it is very dangerous.”

Suffolk police also issued the following advice for motorists:

Slow down.

Listen to local and national radio for travel information.

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Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.

Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer.

Keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice.

Keep your battery fully charged.

Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles.

Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order.

Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure.

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