An icy warning for drivers defrosting their cars

14th November 2017

An icy warning for drivers defrosting their cars

Suffolk has woken with a shiver this week as winter edges nearer and temperatures plummet.

The bitter climate is particularly hazardous for drivers, who must now contend with slippery road surfaces and icy windscreens.

There’s also the risk of falling foul of the law too – as one motorist found to their cost recently when they were fined £30 for defrosting their car by leaving the vehicle unattended with the engine running.

Police are reminding drivers that it is an offence to leave a car unattended with the engine running on the public highway.

Rule 123 of the Highway code states that “You must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

And it’s not only the police who take a dim view of leaving your car running unattended. The likelihood is that if your vehicle is stolen you won’t be covered by your insurance policy.

Ian Crowder of the AA says: “Cold weather is a car thief’s friend and the security of the car is only as strong as the security of your keys.

“If you put your keys in the car and then walk away from the vehicle you cannot expect your insurance to pay out.

“You have a duty of care to not behave in an idiotic manner which puts your property at risk.”

How can our criminal law experts help?

When it comes to driving, a momentary lapse of concentration can have serious consequences. That’s why if you are facing police investigation or prosecution, you need the expert advice of a criminal law solicitor.

Whether it’s a minor matter or a more serious allegation, Gotelee can provide the support of a discreet and experienced solicitor to fight your corner.

To find out more, visit us at one of our offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Melton or Woodbridge, or call us on 01473 298141.

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