RAC: Lives were saved by people driving at home during their time in Eunice
New figures show that millions of drivers heeded warnings to stay out of the way when Typhoon Eunice hit.
The RAC said “many lives have been saved” as the Department for Transport revealed that car traffic in the UK had dropped to 69% of pre-coronavirus pandemic levels on Friday 18 February, down from 91% in the previous day.
High winds caused by Typhoon Eunice have caused dangerous conditions on roads, with three people killed in incidents involving fallen trees and other debris.
Several major road bridges have been closed, including the two over the River Severn between England and Wales, and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge, which forms part of the Dartford Junction connecting Essex and Kent.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams believes the reduction in traffic has limited the death toll.
“These statistics show that millions of lives have been saved as millions of motorists heeded warnings to only drive if absolutely necessary,” he said.
“It seems that all the developments surrounding working from home during the pandemic have made a big difference during an extreme weather event like Storm Eunice as many employees were clearly able to stay away do their job and stay productive.”
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