West Mercia Police are warning motorists and farmers about the problem of large amounts of mud on the roads due to the heavy rains. In an email today they say:
Rural Watch Update from West Mercia Police
There have been increased reports of road traffic collisions where mud on the road has been noted as the main factor for the collision. Due to the current weather conditions, the tractors and trailers harvesting are bringing more mud onto the roads than usual. West Mercia are urging farmers to clear up any mud left on the roads as they work, not just at the end of the day. Slippery/muddy road conditions can cause fatal collisions and farmers have a duty of care to prevent that from happening.
There will be a press release from West Mercia in the coming days regarding this, which mentions taking action against farmers who fail to take positive action to clear the roads of mud. Please pass the word to your neighbouring farmers/friends.
For those of you travelling on the main roads, if you see mud on the road which is dangerous for drivers, please report to the Police on 101 or to local Council’s highway department. Please be extra careful on the roads.
Update 2 Nov. 2012: Two days after the Hodnet website publish this report, Shropshire Council’s Newsroom carried their version of the warning on this page.