Lincolnshire drivers urged not to get ty-red but to be safe

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.
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Drivers in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings are being told to check their car tyres as part of an East Midlands-wide road safety campaign.

Lincolnshire Police is joining three other forces in urging motorists to carry out tyre safety checks and help prevent serious, or even fatal accidents on the county’s roads.

Road charity TyreSafe, which has helped reduce the number of tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads by 31 per cent since its launch ten years ago, has the backing of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) in its efforts raise awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “More than 1,100 people are still killed or injured as a result of accidents caused by defective or illegal tyres every year.

“TyreSafe’s work to educate motorists on the need for them to carry out regular checks to minimise the potential risks of tyre failure would not be possible without its extensive network of supporters, which includes the police.

“On behalf of TyreSafe, I am delighted that EMOpSS has become an official supporter and we look forward to working with its officers.”

Over the past ten years, TyreSafe has helped reduce the number of tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads by 31 per cent - yet more than 1,100 people are still killed or injured as a result of accidents caused by defective or illegal tyres every year

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe

Tyres cause more accidents resulting in casualties than any other vehicle defect, yet a recent survey by TyreSafe showed that one in five drivers admitted to never having checked their tyres.

“Meanwhile, over a quarter of all tyres nationally are already illegal when owners finally replace them, even though a driver can receive a fixed penalty of three points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre found to be below the 1.6mm legal minimum tread depth.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers from EMOpSS said: “Our officers go to collisions where people suffer as a result of failing to carry out a simple tyre condition and tread check on a regular basis.

“It is very frustrating for officers who attend a collision which could have been prevented with just a little effort so we are pleased to be working with TyreSafe to raise awareness of the preventative steps road users can take to stay safe.

“Please don’t leave a tyre check and tread condition to your garage when your car is serviced or MOT’d but instead take a few minutes to find out just how easy it is to do it yourself to stay legal and stay safe.”