New Winter Traction Law Now in Effect On Colorado’s I-70

Paulie | | WeatherWeather
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I-70 corridor under heavy winter weather. photo credit Benjamin Rasmussen

Drivers are advised by the State of Colorado of new Interstate 70 winter traction law in effect between towns, Dotsero to Morrison.

Signed by Gov. Polis in May and enacted August 1, 2019, the law applies September 1 thru May 31, regardless of weather condition.

Legal language details:

  • Private vehicles not fitting four or all-wheel drive classification must equip at all times either snow tires or traction device such as tire socks or chains.
  • Commercial vehicles like semi-trucks to carry chains.
  • Increase to three-sixteenths inch minimum tire tread requirement.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation and State Patrol are to advise on inspection checkpoints as well as enforcement.
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Get the facts on Colorado traction law. Courtesy image.

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

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2 thoughts on “New Winter Traction Law Now in Effect On Colorado’s I-70

  1. Any guess what percentage of vehicles on the road are rental cars from DIA on any given day? Seems as though legislation should have M/S tires on all of those vehicles at a minimum.

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