South Down SDLP Assembly Member Sean Rogers has called on members of the public to exercise common sense in driving on the frosty mornings.
He said: “Temperatures have taken a recent dip causing black ice especially on the untreated network of rural roads. I call on people to allow extra time for their journeys and to watch out for a sudden drop in temperature.
“Being from a rural area, too often I see people starting their car engines and returning to the house to get their children out, etc. This is dangerous practice and an open invitation to any type of opportunistic thief to jump in and be off with the vehicle and any insurance claim would be deemed worthless.
“At present this type of theft has been restricted to predominately urban areas but it won’t be long before these crimes are committed on our doorsteps in South Down. I therefore appeal to constituents to be more careful on these winter mornings and not to let your guard down.”