Police pulled over this elderly motorist after she was spotted driving with ...
Police pulled over this elderly motorist after she was spotted driving with her windscreen covered in thick snow.
The pensioner was on the roads in hazardous and freezing conditions with a layer of snow and ice across the top of her blue Nissan.
She had managed to move her windscreen wipers just a few inches to clear a tiny area of glass to peer out from.
Police say she had left the house to buy food when she was spotted by a traffic officer who pulled her over - and gave her an ice scraper.
Enlarge Reckless: Shocked walkers stare as the elderly driver of this car in Tiverton, Devon, struggles to see out of her windscreen
The woman was caught on camera by a member of the public as she drove in Tiverton, Devon, on January 6.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said they were using the image to remind drivers to use common sense and clear vehicles of ice and snow before attempting to drive.
Peering through: The clearest part of the windscreen was on the passenger's side of the car
He said: 'A member of the public spotted some hazardous driving which they captured on camera. The image shows a car being driven by an elderly lady.
'The lady, who was driving to pick up food and medication, was spoken to by police who also provided her with an ice scraper.
'Officers also spoke to the lady's neighbours and have asked them to offer help in the future.' Inspector Matt Lawler added: 'This is an extreme example, but shows how important it is for drivers to listen to the warnings and advice that police and other agencies are offering.
'I don?t think we are asking a lot - just for some common sense to avoid unnecessary accidents.'
The warning comes after a pair of 'stupid' thrill-seekers face court after allegedly driving along a frozen canal in a car.
The pair narrowly escaped death after their vehicle broke through ice on the Union Canal in West Lothian plunging them into the freezing water.
Police branded the hapless driver and his passenger 'stupid' after they were spotted motoring along the frozen canal near Winchburgh on Monday afternoon.
The men are alleged to have driven down a slip road to a popular picnic and dog walking spot by the water, before edging on to the ice.
The black Peugeot got about half a mile down the canal before the fragile ice gave way and the front of the car smashed into the water.
Enlarge The men allegedly drove for half a mile on the ice before their car crashed into the water
Enlarge Tyre tracks leading to the spot where the 'stupid' thrill-seekers smashed through the ice
With no other signs of broken ice around the car, the driver and passenger - aged 22 and 24 - are thought to have dragged themselves to the bank before fleeing the scene.
When police arrived after being called by a passerby, they found the car sticking out of the water with the front end submerged.
A map book joined rubbish floating around inside the abandoned Peugeot just yards away from a footbridge across the canal.
Police eventually tracked the two suspects down and charged them with reckless conduct.
Yesterday most of the car was under water, with just the open boot sticking out into the cold air, with tyre tracks still visible on the melting surface.
The pair are now due to appear at Livingston Sherriff Court next month.
The submerged car lies in the frozen Union canal near Winchburgh in central Scotland
Lothian and Borders Police said it was 'an example of the type of stupidity' that they were dealing with thanks to the winter weather.
A police spokesman said: 'While it goes without saying that the vast majority of people have the good sense not to take their vehicles on to frozen waterways, this incident serves as an example of the type of stupidity that the emergency services occasionally have to deal with.
'There is no doubt that these two individuals had a lucky escape, and had the canal been deeper there could very well have been a different outcome.
'At this time we would like to join British Waterways in reminding people of the dangers of stepping onto frozen surfaces, let alone driving on them.
'The ice is now starting to thin, and there is always going to be the danger that it will give way, with potentially fatal consequences.'
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