Wednesday 10th January 2024

Winter Road Safety

Advice for pedestrians

  • Dress for the weather by wearing reflective or bright-coloured clothing so other road users can see you when it’s dark or visibility is poor
  • If you are walking home late at night, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when
  • Vehicles can take up to ten times longer to stop on slippery road surfaces so take extra care crossing the road
  • Stick to pedestrian crossings
  • If there are no crossings nearby, find a place with a clear view and wait for long gaps in the traffic before crossing the road
  • Don’t cross the road between parked vehicles, unless it can’t be avoided then take extra care (look out for vehicles that suddenly pull out or reverse)
  • Never cross the road behind a bus
  • If there is no pavement, keep to the right hand side of the road so you can see traffic coming towards you.

Advice for cyclists

  • Make sure your bike can be seen by people on the road
  • Use a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back)
  • Wear clothes that help you be seen on your bike, such as bright and light reflective items
  • Pay attention to road signs, markings and particularly red lights
  • Do not cycle on the pavements, they may be slippery and can also endanger pedestrians
  • Be mindful of the effects poor weather can have on other road users
  • Make sure you know about the dangers around you
  • Cars can take twice as long to stop in wet weather
  • Braking can be unpredictable in ice and snow.


Advice for drivers

  • Make sure your car is ready for winter
  • Check that your tyres, brakes, windscreens, wiper blades and windows are free from defects and clean
  • Drive to the road conditions. Road conditions can change without warning, stopping distances will be affected by the weather
  • Make sure your windows are clean and aren’t misted up
  • Make sure there is no snow and ice on your windows before you drive
  • When the roads are icy, drive at a slow speed in a high gear
  • Accelerate and brake very gently
  • Driving distracted (for example, using a Sat Nav) can cause additional stress. It is dangerous to yourself, passengers and other road users.



A 41 year old man was arrested and charged for Robbery that occurred in Tulloch Road, Perth on Thursday 4th January.

A 30 year old man was charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving without a licence on Dunkeld Road, Perth on Friday 5th January.

A 57 year old man was charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving without a licence and insurance on Rannoch Road, Perth on Saturday 6th January.

A 43 year old man was arrested and charged for Vandalism at The Co Op store, Tulloch Square, Perth on Sunday 7th January.

A 38 year old woman was arrested and charged for drink driving on Albion Avenue, Auchterarder on Monday 8th January.

During the last week 4 drivers have been found to be without insurance.



Between Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th January, two E Bikes were stolen from a Garage in Bendochy. (CR/4486/24)

Between 1am and 1.30am, Friday 5th January, a Red Quad Bike was stolen from West Quarter Farm, Alyth. (CR/5431/24)

Between 6pm Thursday 4th and 10am Friday 5th January, a Citroen Relay Van has had its windscreen Smashed whilst parked on Abbot Street, Perth. (CR/6127/24)

Between Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January, three chainsaws and a number of batteries, plus chargers were stolen from Parkfield Farm, Murrayshall. (CR/8555/24)

About 2am, Saturday 6th January, two youths have smashed a window on Kestrel Way, Perth (CR/7691/24)

Between 8pm Monday 8th and 7.30am Tuesday 9th January, a number of E bikes, mountain bikes and parts were stolen from a shipping container and workshop in Dowally. (CR/10039/24)


Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.