The Vail Police Department will be offering free tire tread checks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 and again on Saturday, 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, coupons will be available for discounts from participating tire stores in Eagle, Summit, Garfield and Pitkin counties which are redeemable until March 2016.
Motor vehicles in Colorado are required to have a tire tread depth of more than 1/8” 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 consist of an inspection of a vehicle’s lights and windshield wipers.
This winter the Colorado Department of Transportation 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 citizens in determining the type of tires they have on their vehicles. For more information, visit the CDOT website at codot.gov/travel/winter-driving/tires.
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 CSP Captain Rich Duran at 970-945-6198.