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Police roadside spot checks to be carried out 19 October 2007

From Monday 22nd October the Police and the Department of Transport Vehicle Examiners will be conducting roadside vehicle examinations for a period of two weeks.

These roadside spot checks which will be carried out at various locations around the Island are held regularly at this time of year to coincide with the clocks going back next weekend and the morning and evenings drawing in. At this time of year conditions on the roads can become treacherous with heavy rain and frost as well as fog affecting visibility.

The examinations will involve checking specifically lights and tyres to ensure that they are safe for winter driving conditions. The checks are not solely for cars and will be carried out on all vehicles on the roads including works vehicles and motorbikes.

Inspector Derek Flint of the Roads Policing Unit said:

‘A quick check of your vehicle might save you being pulled in by the police and vehicle examiner and ultimately may save someone’s life, which is what it’s all about.’

The Department of Transport Road Safety Unit and the Isle of Man Constabulary will be launching a special winter ‘Be safe, be seen’ campaign this month to encourage drivers and pedestrians to ensure that they are visible on the roads during the gloomy winter days and dark nights.

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