Snow: Police stop-checks on motorists and cyclists in East Yorkshire as winter weather bites
Does your vehicle have a faulty light? Are the tyres legal and do you have enough water in your washers?
These are the type of things Humberside Police will be looking out for as part of their winter 2013 casualty reduction campaign.
The force has launched the initiative to check the condition of road vehicles with particular emphasis on lighting, tyres, washers, wipers, windscreen and window tints and brake defects.
The aim is to reduce the number of collisions, particularly those involving fatal and serious injury, by making positive changes to the attitude and behaviour of road users through a combination of education and enforcement.
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Throughout this month there will be an increase in high-visibility policing on the roads. The aim is to disrupt, prevent and detect criminal activity, reduce collisions and reassure the public.
The campaign will include static road checks and random inspections. Drivers will be given a Winter Driving leaflet.
Pedal cycles, as well as cars and other vehicles, will come under scrutiny and advice will be given to cyclists about the importance of high-visibility clothing. The advice to cyclists is "Be Safe, Be Seen".
Adverse weather conditions during the winter months have a direct effect on drivers. Ice, snow, fog, poor visibility and heavy rain can all play their part in some way towards being the cause of collisions.
Traffic management inspector Roger Mitchell said: "The message for this year continues to be the same as statistics show that most of the serious crashes, where someone is either killed or is seriously injured, occur when road conditions are slippery due to adverse weather, and because drivers do not adapt their speed appropriately.
"What we do find is that many motorists drive too fast and too close to vehicles in front of them when road conditions are slippery either because of rain, ice or snow. It takes a lot longer to stop when braking in the wet and drivers do not leave themselves a big enough gap to avoid the vehicle in front.
"The figures for last year are not yet available but in 2011, there were a total of 474 people who sustained fatal or serious injuries as a result of a road traffic collisions on the road across Humberside. This is the lowest number of people injured ever recorded for Humberside Police.
"This year we are not only stopping vehicles but also those people who use pedal cycles. Cyclists often do not have the correct high-visibility clothing on and the lights on their bicycles may not be visible to motorists, which can often result in a collision."