Police say they will take action against farmers after mud left on roads causes collisions (From Hereford Times)
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Police say they will take action against farmers after mud left on roads causes collisions
FARMERS are being warned that they will be prosecuted if they continue to leave mud on roads after police were called to a number of accidents in the county yesterday.
Officers have said they will now patrol some roads on the lookout for farm vehicles dropping mud after three A-roads had to be closed.
An Army land rover and a Fiat Punto collided on the A465 between Didley and Wormbridge at 4.20pm, causing a female soldier driving the Land Rover to sustain serious neck injuries and the Punto driver a broken leg.
A car was also involved in a minor collision on the A417 at Burley Gate at 5.15pm, resulting in the road being closed for more than three hours because it was deemed too dangerous.
A tractor even lost grip while driving along it and police officers at the scene found it dangerous to walk on.
Meanwhile, a car ended up on its roof in Clehonger yesterday morning as a mother drove her children to school, although none of them were hurt.
And the A4103 Hereford to Worcester road was closed for a short time near the Newtown crossroads due to mud being left on the road.
"Every autumn, we face problems with farm vehicles leaving large amounts of mud on the roads during the autumn harvest as they move crops such as sugar beat, potatoes and hops," sais Chief Inspector Adam Thomas.
"While some farmers take steps to make sure they keep the roads clear and safe, not all are as diligent, so this year we have done a lot of work to remind farmers of their responsibilities and liabilities under the Highways Act.
"The West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership has been pushing a major publicity campaign and we have been working closely with the National Famrers; Union to get our messages across.
"However, we are still receiving dozens of calls from the public about hazardous driving conditions caused by mud being left on the road and I am worried someone could be killed.
"Therefore, we are taking a tough stance on the issue.
"Response officers are patrolling, looking for problems and they will not hesitate in taking action against anyone they believe is being irresponsibile and reckless.
"Meanwhile, Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be speaking to their local farmers to ensure they are abiding by the law."
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