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Motorists face fines if their cars aren't ready for winter

PUBLISHED: 10:21 23 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:35 26 October 2019

Police will be checking cars are roadworthy ahead of winter setting in. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Police will be checking cars are roadworthy ahead of winter setting in. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Motorists could face fines if their cars are not kept roadworthy for winter - including their lights and windscreen wipers.

As the clocks go back, the number of crashes are set to increase.

Police are running Operation Dark Nights, which will carry on for two weeks across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officers will be carrying out roadside checks focusing on defect offences involving lights, tyres, windscreens and screen wash and anything else which may impact on the roadworthiness of a vehicle.

The aim is educate drivers about the risks of driving with defective vehicles while also enforcing offences where appropriate. Collisions tend to increase in October and November with the driver error of failing to look properly being the biggest contributing factor along with losing control and poor manoeuvring.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint roads policing unit, said: "We often see a rise in collisions at this time of year which can be due to a number of factors including lighting defects, poorer weather conditions and people not used to driving in the dark.

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"When the lighting outside changes, drivers often fail to look properly, this can lead to a rise in collisions. This operation is about raising awareness among motorists to prevent these incidents from happening.

"As part of this operation we will be checking the safety of vehicles, educating drivers and enforcing the law where necessary and appropriate.

"If you drive a car with one headlight out you are effectively reducing your visibility by half and the chances of being seen are a lot slimmer.

"It is important to make sure your vehicle is fit for winter conditions; make sure lights and windscreen wipers are working, that your tyres have sufficient tread and regularly top up the windscreen wash."

"We advise drivers to watch their speed, keep a good distance between you and the car in front, and take time to look out for other road users, cyclists and pedestrians.

"Drivers who fail to follow these guidelines may receive a fine and points on their licence, the most serious cases may result in court action, Police also have the power to prohibit the use of unroadworthy vehicles at the roadside."

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