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Police appeal for drivers to take extra care as fog envelops Wiltshire

Picture by Marlborough Fire StationPicture by Marlborough Fire StationPolice have appealed for drivers to take extra care as thick fog envelops the county. Challenging driving conditions are expected to last until at least the middle of the week.

The call follows a spate of road traffic accidents across the county, including a head-on collision between a Fiat Punto and a minibus at Avebury.

The incident happened on Sunday night at 9pm at the junction of The Avenue and the A361.

The drivers of the vehicles - both males - had to be cut free by the fire service. One man was taken to Great Western Hospital with chest injuries. The A361 was closed for an hour.

The incident came just three days after Devizes man Mark Aziz, 57, was killed on the same stretch of road.

And on Saturday night, a man was killed after he was struck by a car on the M4 eastbound near Membury Services.

Picture by Royal Wootton Bassett  Cricklade PolicePicture by Royal Wootton Bassett Cricklade PoliceMeanwhile, police are reminding motorists of the dangers of driving in the current heavy fog and the importance of using the appropriate lighting on their vehicles.

Many modern vehicles are fitted with daytime running lights which automatically come on once the engine is turned on.

However, many drivers are unaware that daytime running lights do not switch on their rear lights, making it almost impossible for them to be seen by other road users in heavy fog like that experienced across the county over the past two days.

Sergeant Warren Knight, of the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit, said: "Vehicles manufactured in the last couple of years are fitted with daytime running lights, however, many drivers seem to be forgetting that whilst they may illuminate the dashboard, this doesn't mean their lights are on at the rear of their vehicle, and as a result, they cannot be seen by other motorists.

“This is extremely dangerous and drivers are actually committing an offence.

"Day time running lights are no replacement for correct lighting during the winter months. Drivers should ensure that they switch their sidelights on and appropriate fog lights when driving in reduced visibility.

"As the Highway Code states, front or rear fog lights must only be used when visibility is seriously reduced as they can dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You must switch them off when visibility improves."

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