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Motorists warned over missing road closure signs

Motorists warned over missing road closure signs

Published at 8:54am 11th December 2015. (Updated at 2:25pm 14th December 2015)

A highways officer has faced abuse from motorists angry over road closures in North Yorkshire during recent flooding.

Some drivers have apparently been removing signs and barriers so that they can drive along sections of road which have been closed.

North Yorkshire County Council's highways team has warned that it's both illegal and puts other drivers at risk.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: "Drivers may have a vehicle they think can cope with deep water, but by opening the road, they are putting other lives in danger.

"Also, it can be very difficult to judge how deep the water is on a flooded road.

"We would say to them: do not remove road closed signs and barriers on flooded roads."

In one case, a highways officer had to drive back and forth along a diversion route to ensure that the signs remained in place at both ends of the closure.

He was also subjected to verbal abuse by motorists for not allowing them to drive through.

Councillor Mackenzie added: "We don't close a road lightly. We do it to protect motorists.

"We have a duty to ensure the highway remains safe for the travelling public.

"As soon as it is safe to do so, we will inspect the road, remove any debris and reopen it."