Police seize ‘death trap on wheels’ in Carnlough

The car seized by police in Carnlough, which an officer said was nearly 'lowered to the ground'. INLT-43-705-con
The car seized by police in Carnlough, which an officer said was nearly 'lowered to the ground'. INLT-43-705-con

Larne police have issued a warning to the public to check the condition of their vehicles after seizing a car described as a “death trap on wheels” in Carnlough last week.

Photographs of the car showed completely bald tyres, with an officer describing the vehicle as “lowered to the point it’s nearly on the ground.”

A bald tyre on the 'death trap car' seized by police in Carnlough. INLT-43-706-con

A bald tyre on the 'death trap car' seized by police in Carnlough. INLT-43-706-con

Posting on the PSNI Larne Facebook page, an officer from the Neighbourhood Policing Team asked: “Is your car safe to be on the road?

“Have you checked your tyres lately?

“Lots of places are advertising free winter checks, take advantage!

“When we see cars on the road with wire showing on the tyres, lowered that much that I can just about fit my hand in below it I cannot help but get annoyed.

“If you don’t seriously injured or kill yourself you could an innocent road user.

“As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that your car is road worthy.

“If not you will find yourself with a Fixed Penalty Notice, penalty points or worse still in court explaining yourself to a judge.”

In addition to not being in a roadworthy condition, the officers found that the vehicle was being driven without insurance.

Police Sergeant Lowry added: “The driver will be reported to the public prosecution service with a view to prosecution.”

In a subsequent post, the police also advised drivers to check the tread depth of their tyres with a 20p coin,

“Place the 20p into the tyre tread,” they advised.

If the rim of the 20p is visible, it’s time to get your tyres checked by a professional.”