Drug driving arrest during Holyhead tyre checks

North Wales Police

A man has been arrested and bailed after he was caught drug driving during road safety checks in Holyhead.

North Wales Police

The 37 year-old local man tested positive for both cannabis and cocaine following a roadside test on Tuesday. It later emerged he was also caught drug driving and possessing a class A drug, when he was stopped on the A55 at Gaerwen on Monday.

The suspect has since been released on bail pending the results of further tests. The arrest came as traffic officers carried out checks on several vehicles on Victoria Road on Tuesday morning.

A woman had her car seized after she was caught driving with an out-of-date licence, no insurance or MOT, defective side lights and two defective tyres.

North Wales Police

Another man, who brought new front tyres just four weeks ago, was stopped and found the inside edge on one of the tyres had already become warn. According to officers, the wear was probably caused by the tracking being out of alignment, causing the tread to scrub from the inside.

The operation took place as part of National Tyre Safety Month – with most of the drivers told to have their vehicles checked over by reputable garages due to uneven tyre wear.

PC Eifion Jones from the Roads Policing Unit said: ”Defective and under inflated tyres is a serious problem which affects steering, braking and the stability of the vehicle. It is quite shocking when we see vehicles that have under inflated and dangerous tyres.”

“Ideally, tyres should be checked once a month and before any long journeys. This should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm. The best way to find this is by looking at the tread depth indicator, in the grooves of the tyre which is set at 1.6mm.”

”If the tread becomes level with this it is time to change the tyre. It is also worth checking the tyre and removing any stones or other objects embedded in the tread and look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.”

PC Jones warned further unannounced tyre checks will be carried out in the coming weeks.

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