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Safety plea issued over icy south of Scotland roads

Snow in borders
Image caption People in southern Scotland have been advised to take extra care if planning to travel

Drivers have been urged to take extra care on icy routes across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Most schools are open in both regions but problems persist on many roads due to snowfalls and freezing conditions.

Scottish Borders Council has advised drivers and pedestrians to take "extra care" if making any journey.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said motorists should only make essential trips, with a warning of ice on roads throughout the area.

Auchencairn Primary in Dumfries and Galloway and Heriot Primary in the Borders were the only schools reported to be closed.

However, travel conditions remained extremely difficult.

SBC council leader David Parker said people needed to show extra respect for others on the roads and pavements during the winter weather.

'Last resort'

"It takes longer to manoeuvre on foot and in the car when the roads are snowy or icy," he said.

"Being patient with one another will keep pedestrians and drivers safe and help avoid road accidents."

Anyone out walking was asked only to use the roadway as a "last resort" and ensure they were wearing high-visibility clothing.

Drivers were also reminded not to use mobile phones while at the wheel and also to clear any piles of snow from car roofs.

In Dumfries and Galloway, police issued a warning over the severe frost across the area.

They asked drivers to consider if their journey was necessary before setting off.

Keep up to date with the latest situation through BBC Scotland's radio bulletins in the Borders on 93.5FM and Dumfries and Galloway on 94.7FM and on the BBC Scotland news website.

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