POLICE in the North-East are to launch a tyre safety campaign later this month.

According to Kwik Fit, 11.5 per cent of drivers are daily taking their lives in their hands by driving their vehicles on tyres which fail to reach the minimum legal requirement.

According to the automotive parts firm, North-East motorists waste up to £20.7m annually on petrol, consumed by vehicles running on poorly fitted or under-inflated tyres.