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Roadside spot checks to be carried out 14 October 2008

Operation Bright LightsTHE Police are working in conjunction with vehicle examiners from the Department of Transport to conduct a series of roadside spot checks across the Island.

The random inspections are aimed at improving road safety by ensuring that all vehicles are in a roadworthy condition – with particular attention focused on lights and tyres. Operation Bright Lights, which got under way on Monday, October 13, will see checks carried out at various times of the day across all the neighbourhood policing areas.

The campaign is promoted during the autumn as the evenings draw in and driving conditions become more treacherous because of heavy rain and reduced visibility. Any minor offences highlighted during the spot checks can be dealt with via a defect notice issued by a DoT vehicle examiner. This requires the car driver or motorcycle rider to remedy the problem and present their vehicle at the test centre in Tromode for further inspection. In the event of multiple offences or serious defects being discovered, the police may decide to take action.

Inspector Richard Power, head of the Road Policing Unit, said: ‘Operation Bright Lights is an established campaign designed to educate drivers on the need to be seen in poor light. Motorists have a responsibility to ensure their vehicles are in a good state of repair and we would advise everybody to check their lights and tyres in preparation for the months ahead and the potentially more hazardous driving conditions.’

The random checks will continue for the next two weeks.

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