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Stranded drivers thought road signs 'were just for tourists'

5th March 2010 | Warning Signs

Local drivers in Arran have been getting stuck in snow after apparently ignoring road signs they thought were for the benefit of tourists.

In the freezing conditions hitting the Scottish island in recent weeks, police have seen a worrying rise in the number of people becoming stranded on roads, the Arran Banner reports.

Police sergeant Bob MacKay revealed Ross Road has been particularly problematic, with six cases of drivers being rescued from blizzards after failing to heed warning signs.

"Some local drivers said they believed the 'road closed' signs were only for tourists," he told the newspaper.

"The message is simple. Check the weather before starting a journey, take heed of warning signs and if you get stuck, stay in your car."

Sgt MacKay added that it is particularly lucky that no one has been seriously injured in such incidents, while also praising local rescue services for their support.

Earlier this week, the Met Office revealed that the UK has just experienced its coldest winter since 1978-79, with the December to February average temperature sitting at 1.51C.

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