Free tire tread checks in Vail on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 |

Free tire tread checks in Vail on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5

Daily staff report

VAIL — The Vail Police Department will be offering free tire tread checks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and again on Nov. 5 at the town of Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road, to help motorists determine if their tires are currently safe for winter driving. If new tires are needed, then coupons will be available for discounts from participating tire stores in Eagle, Summit, Garfield and Pitkin counties, which are redeemable until March 2017.

Windshield wipers, lights check

Motor vehicles in Colorado are required to have a tire tread depth of more than 1⁄8 inch measured in any two tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire. During the weekend events, officers will use a tire tread depth meter to determine if the tires are safe. The safety check will also include an inspection of a vehicle’s lights and windshield wipers.

Traction, Chain Laws

The Colorado Department of Transportation this winter will again be using the traction and chain laws for passenger cars when chains are required for commercial trucks. This requires two-wheel drive passenger vehicles to have snow tires rather than all-season mud or snow-rated tires. The safety checks will assist motorists in determining the type of tires they have on their vehicles. For more information, visit the department’s website,

Additional vehicle safety checks are available at the Vail Police Department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, where the discount coupons will also be available for distribution.

The Colorado State Patrol is assisting with the awareness campaign. For more information, contact Police Chief Dwight Henninger at 970-479-2218 or Colorado State Patrol Captain Rich Duran at 970-945-6198.