Fire chief issues warning signs plea
Posted by Ben Alexander
Motorists who ignore warning signs erected on a dangerous road in Berkshire are potentially putting their lives at risk, a fire chief has claimed.
Charvil fire station commander Jess James says that the signs recently put up close to the Lands End ford are helping to alert motorists to the possibility that they may become stranded.
Over the past week, downpours and have caused waters to rise at record rates, and left many people stuck in their cars, requiring the assistance of the service's Water Rescue Unit.
According to Mr James, the warning signs have prompted people to exercise caution or follow an alternative route, and it is essential that all road users take heed.
"You just need to look in Charvil at how fast it runs through. Cars have been taken 50 to 100 yards down the brook. You could easily lose your life in somewhere like that," he told Get Wokingham.
The signs could also help to ease the cost pressures on the fire service by reducing the need for callouts.
As Mr James explained: "It's £1,000 to £2,000 per call out, when those resources could and should be used for real life emergencies."
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