Drivers are advised by the State of Colorado that the Interstate 70 winter traction law is now in effect on the 126-mile stretch from Dotsero to Morrison.
Signed by Gov. Polis in May 2019 and enacted August 1, 2019, the law applies September 1 through May 31, regardless of weather conditions.
Legal language details:
- Private vehicles not fitting four or all-wheel drive classification must equip at all times either snow tires or traction devices such as tire socks or chains.
- Commercial vehicles like semi-trucks carry chains.
- Increase to three-sixteenths inch minimum tire tread requirement.
- Colorado Department of Transportation and State Patrol are to advise on inspection checkpoints and enforcement.
Officials affirm public safety continues to be Colorado’s primary focus and reminds, regardless of geographic location or calendar period, vehicles in zones of inclement weather are urged to remain weather-smart by:
- Topping up the fuel tank
- Carry roadside safety/snow removal gear
- Extra water
- Pack extra warm clothing
- and always drive to conditions
Violators will be given a $100 citation with a $32 surcharge. If a driver winds up closing one or more lanes of traffic, that fine jumps to $500 with a $156 surcharge.