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Police warning after web-whisper

Created on 20/12/2010 @ 17:12
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Social networking sites sparked a heated debate today after incorrect rumours of local police clamping down on drivers with snow covered cars.
Local Facebook and Twitter users posted warnings to fellow motorists that police were out in force and issuing on the spot fines and three points to motorists driving cars without clearing snow of their roofs first.
It even sparked one Assembly Candidate, Russell George, to post the question on his status as to whether it was ‘true or a myth’ and it created a debate among followers including former policemen who printed the letter of the law from Rule 229 of the Highway Code.
However, mynewtown has investigated the rumour and traced its source, with police also stating that while they urge motorists to use common sense and clear all dangerous snow off their vehicles, they have not launched a specific clamp down.
A spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police would like to remind drivers to ensure they clear their windscreens fully and make sure any other snow may not slip and obscure their vision. As far as prosecution goes, each case would be taken on its merits proportionate as to how serious the consequences may be, but for minor infringements we would usually use discretion and give a warning with advice.”
And as for the start of the rumour? Mynewtown has tracked it down to a blog site for fans of Cardiff City Football Club with the topic posted about South Wales Police clamping down and issuing fines. Local fans picked up the rumour and it went cyber-silly!
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