Cumbria Police to stop-check cars during Tyre Safety Month

29th September 2011

Cumbria Police has announced plans to inspect the quality of local drivers' tyres next month.

October has been designated as Tyre Safety Month and police officers in Cumbria will be looking for motorists driving with illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres, as well as encouraging drivers to conduct their own inspections.

PC Shaun McKeown, a forensic vehicle examiner with Cumbria Constabulary's collision investigation unit, claimed that road safety is a priority for police in the region.

He said: "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."

In order to check the tread on tyres, motorists can place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of their vehicle's tyres and see if the outer rim of the coin is covered by the tread – indicating that the tyres are safe and legal to use. 

Posted by Danielle Barge