Vail, Avon police to offer tire tread inspections |

Vail, Avon police to offer tire tread inspections

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Beginning this week and continuing through Oct. 31, tire tread inspections will be taking place throughout Eagle County to help motorists determine if their tires are safe for winter driving. In particular, representatives from the Vail and Avon police departments and the Colorado State Patrol will be conducting vehicle safety checks. A safety check will consist of an inspection of a vehicle’s lights, windshield wipers and tires. Inspectors will concentrate on the overall condition of a vehicle’s tires. If a vehicle needs new tires, coupons will be distributed for discounts from participating tire stores in Eagle County.

The Tread Safe Campaign is being initiated by Vail Police Officer Rafael Caballero, who says the goal of the campaign is to have proper tires and winter equipment on vehicles to help reduce accidents during the winter months and year-round.

Motor vehicles in Colorado are required to have a tire tread depth of more than 2/32 of an inch measured in any two tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire. During the checkpoints, officers will use a tire tread depth meter to determine if the tires are safe.

Once the vehicle safety checks have been completed, the agencies will be checking tire treads on vehicles throughout the season. At that point, motorists with low tire tread depth could receive a citation for improper equipment on their vehicle, according to Caballero.

Motorists may also stop by the Vail and Avon police departments at any time to get their tires checked by officers. For more information, call Caballero at 479-2200.

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