Because our roads, when icy, are not gritted round the clock, a mother of four died this week. Leaving home about 05.30 in the midwinter dark, (before the first gritting and salting of the day, before the first public transport of the day) she started the drive to work for the early shift, hit ice and her car went off the road. About three hours later (08.30) just as it was getting light, someone noticed a car on its side in a field, stopped and went to investigate.
People do shift work day and night here as they do anywhere else, but here, the conditions can be cold, icy, exposed and stark. It appears to be cheaper to let people die, leave children without a parent, than keep our roads safe to use.