VEHICLE HEALTH CHECK: Sgt Brad Weeks checks a car for defects.
VEHICLE HEALTH CHECK: Sgt Brad Weeks checks a car for defects. Kelly Butterworth

Emerald police give tips on keeping cars safe

IT IS week two of Sergeant Brad Weeks' tips leading into the Christmas period, and the focus is on defective vehicles.

Sgt Weeks said keeping your car in a roadworthy condition was vital.

"Leading into the Christmas break period, we would like everyone to look at their vehicles and make sure they are in a safe, roadworthy condition," Sgt Weeks said.

"To assist with that, police will be performing regular checks on people's vehicles leading up to the holidays."

Common defects are tyres with no tread, brakes not working and windscreen cracks.

"People need to get their cracked windscreens repaired," Sgt Weeks said.

"Generally we are looking at cracks which are going to be larger than a hand span."

A basic defect will cost you $110 and one point, while multiple defects or serious defects can cost around $300 and three points.

"Go to your mechanic or RACQ and get your car checked," Sgt Weeks said.

"Bottom line, we want you home with your family safe this Christmas."


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