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Cops in tyre stop checks

CUMBRIA’S cops have launched a month-long campaign urging drivers to check their tyres to ensure they are safe and legal before the winter weather sets in.

Each year, dozens of people are killed and hundreds are seriously injured across the UK as a result of collisions caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.

But by using a twenty pence piece, motorists can check the tread on their tyres and potentially prevent another tragedy.

October has been designated as Tyre Safety Month, when police officers will be encouraging people to check their tyres, and will be on the look out for motorists driving on illegal or dangerous tyres during stop checks across the county.

PC Shaun McKeown, a forensic vehicle examiner with Cumbria Constabulary’s Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Road safety is a priority for police in Cumbria and we are determined to prevent another tragedy by getting people to take a few minutes to check their tyres, and get them changed if they don’t meet the 20p tread test.

“All too often in Cumbria we hear about people’s lives being ruined by serious road traffic collisions, and this is even more devastating when we investigate them and it becomes apparent that it was caused by something as avoidable as a defective tyre.

“In a bid to prevent another tragedy, we will be out and about conducting stop checks across Cumbria to educate drivers about the risks.

“Motorists found to be driving on illegal tyres face a maximum penalty of three points per tyre on their license and a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre.

“It’s such an easy thing to check, and we should all look at our tyres as a matter of routine, maybe when you’re washing the car on a Sunday morning.

“We are really keen for parents to instill the importance of vehicle maintenance on their teenage children when they begin driving as well, and would ask people to spread the tyre safety message to family and friends. You never know – you might save a life.

“To check the tread on your tyres, use the 20p test. Simply insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your vehicle’s tyres.

“If the outer rim of the coin is covered by the tread, this indicates sufficient tread depth to be safe and legal.

“If the outer rim of the coin is visible, or if you are not sure, have your tyres inspected by a qualified professional.”

Cumbria Constabulary is recognised as a leading police force when it comes to tackling road safety, and this year won a national award for outstanding achievement towards tyre safety.

The award was presented to the force by TyreSafe.

PC McKeown added: “We have to deal with the horrific aftermath of collisions on a daily basis and defective or unsafe tyres can often be a contributing factor.

“We hope that this campaign will get people to stop and think about their vehicles, provide them with the information they need to check their own tyres and hopefully, when they go home they’ll take the time to examine their tyres which may save lives in the future.

“As the nights get darker and the weather wetter, I can guarantee there will be many more drivers who will lose control as a result of driving around on worn or damaged tyres.

“Don’t let you or your loved one be one of them – check your tyres now.”

To see a video showing you how to take the 20p test go to nwemail.co.uk.

Have your say

I used to work in Cumberland and the winters were quite cold. A colleague had a girl friend who lived at Pooley Bridge but one day when he went to visit her he crashed his car. There was a sharp bend where the cornering forces of vehicles had worn the road hollow. This hollow had filled with water which had then frozen. The net result is that just at the point on the road where grip is needed to get around the bend there was ice - his car flew off the road and hit a huge tree, it was a write off. Another colleague had an accident whilst driving in thick fog. The visibility was so bad that he was driving by looking out of the drivers window and observing the central white line. Cumberland Council had been doing road works and part of the old road had now become a lay-by. Unfortunately the white line had not been obliterated and it led the driver into a huge stack of kerb-stones! I cannot remember the outcome but I think that his car was also a write-off. Quite frankly both of these drivers ought to have sued the council for negligence but they didn't bother. In my honest opinion the police ought to be checking the roads for bad workmanship and excessive wear. NO TYRE will grip on ice unless it has studs fitted so checking motorists tyres is time-wasting. I can still remember the Penrith to Scotch Corner route being blocked with snow on average three days per year so what is all this fuss about tyres?

Posted by Davey on 13 October 2011 at 15:51

George, would feel much worse if a car hit me and it was a a car thief at the wheel, or a burglar or a drug pusher or a mugger or a rapist etc etc in other words, those kind of drivers when caught cost money, they do not make money hence....

Posted by Mike on 12 October 2011 at 10:08

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