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Police issue bank holiday warning to motorists
8:55am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
POLICE are warning people to stay safe and plan their journeys in advance over the bank holiday.
Motorists are being advised to plan ahead to avoid traffic disruption on the county's roads with a series of major events being held in the area, including Dorset Steam Fair.
Police are asking motorists and residents to think ahead and plan their weekends accordingly.
Superintendent Mick Rogers said: “It is inevitable that congestion will occur during this busy period and we are encouraging members of the public to take simple steps to make sure they get the most out of these great events.
“Plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys, listen for traffic announcements on the radio or check your route online before you travel.
“You should also take plenty of water to drink in the car if you find yourself waiting in traffic, especially in hot weather.
“We have been working closely with partners in preparation for the busy weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly and have additional resources and contingency plans in place.
“Members of the public should be particularly aware of the potential for Steam Fair traffic on the A354 and the Blandford ring-road from Wednesday, August 28 until Sunday, September 1 daily between 9am and 11am.”
There will be various events in the area in the coming weeks, including the Great Dorset Steam Fair near Blandford Forum, Bournemouth Air Festival and End of the Road Festival on the Dorset-Wiltshire border.
Supt Rogers urged people to take steps to keep themselves and their belongings safe and secure while enjoying the events.
He said: “We are asking the public to do their bit in keeping themselves safe by following some simple crime prevention tips.
“In busy or crowded areas, don't leave wallets in back pockets and keep your bags and mobile phones close to you.
“Never leave valuables in vehicles or tents.
“Consider marking your property before you set off to an event and using secure locker facilities if provided.
“We also urge you to report crime at the time, either to police or event staff.”
For traffic information visit dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset and for crime prevention advice go to dorset.police.uk.
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