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Up to 60 die in Europe's big freeze

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Up to 60 die in Europe's big freeze


Many European countries are still on high weather alerts, with authorities now reporting up to 60 weather-related deaths.

Air, train and road transport continue to be disrupted, and people are being warned to travel only if it is absolutely necessary.

The big freeze is making life difficult for some, but for others the heavy snowfalls are a source of amusement. Some people have taken to skiing down main streets covered in thick snow and ice.

In Germany, people are rushing out to buy winter tyres because of a new law that came into force last week. During severe weather, special anti-skid tyres must be fitted.

Jacqueline Gruenewald from the ADAC motor club said: “If you are driving on snowy streets, and the police catch you with summer tyres, then you have to pay 40 euros. If there is an accident, then you have to pay 80 euros, and you will be added to the register of road traffic offenders.”

And for those who must drive, authorities advise they go slowly, in a low gear, and don’t brake suddenly.

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