Winter tires are the law

Winter tire enforcement signs have been up on roadways that climb to higher elevations since Oct. 1.

Winter tire enforcement signs have been up on roadways that climb to higher elevations since Oct. 1.

According to Section 7.162 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, “A winter tire shall have not less than 3.5mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire that is in contact with the road.” The height of four stacked dimes is about the depth you need at the thinnest depth of the tread, not the deepest.

Anything less and the tread will not be able to displace the snow, slush or water effectively enough to keep your grip on the roadway if you’re driving to the road conditions that is.

Members of the Central Okanagan Traffic  Services and Integrated Road Safety Unit were helping to educate the public recently on Highway 97C at the U-turn, about 11 kilometres up from the 97C turnoff. Their purpose is to educate and reinforce to the motoring public the necessity of complying not only with the law, but with good old common sense when it comes to winter driving.

“The goal of this initiative is to give motorists the information they need to prepare for winter driving, in the hopes of reducing the numbers of collisions and injuries on our roadways,” said Cst. Steve Holmes, with the RCMP.