“Some Truckers” in Violation of Colorado Chain Law Amid Early Season Snowstorm
Denver, CO – Exactly one week after Colorado’s chain law went into effect, the state was slammed with an unexpected September snowstorm that brought more than a half a foot of snow to some areas.
Amazingly, temperatures on Saturday reached 101 degrees, which helped the Centennial State set a new monthly record high.
However, during the overnight of Monday into Tuesday, a strong cold front moved in, dropping temperates as much as 70 degrees.
By Tuesday morning, many cities — including the capital of Denver — were covered in a blanket of freshly fallen snow.
Light snow will continue on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Despite the freak snowstorm, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said motorists were not using caution and traveling too fast for the wintery conditions.
Additionally, CDOT stated “some truckers” were in violations of the Chain Law and were traveling through the area sans chains, which could result in a fine of up to $1000.
Read more about Colorado’s Chain Law HERE.
“Multiple spin-outs” caused Interstate 70 westbound at Georgetown to close for a period of time on Tuesday while vehicles were cleared from the roadway.
CDOT stated workers were busy clearing roads, but implored motorists to do their part during winter weather.
The Department reminded travelers to take it slow and leave “plenty of room behind the vehicle ahead.”
CDOT also took the opportunity to remind the public — especially truckers — to be sure they are carrying chains to be in compliance.
“From Sept. 1 through May 31, all commercial vehicles traveling on the I-70 Mountain Corridor must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law,” CDOT stated.
Additionally, the Passenger Vehicle Traction Law (PVTL) is also currently in effect on the corridor, due to the snowy conditions.
PVTL requires passenger vehicles to either have snow tires, chains, or be 4WD/AWD.
You can see the latest Colorado road conditions by logging onto COTrip.org.