On Wednesday, Sept. 20, members of the Colorado State Patrol and the Vail Police Department conducted a chain inspection station on I-70 eastbound near the 178 mile marker chain station. In total, 218 commercial vehicles were contacted by the officers. Of those, 209 were found to have chains or sanders. Nine were found to not have any sufficient equipment and were issued citations accordingly.
Colorado’s chain law states that between Sept. 1 and May 31 all commercial vehicles must carry chains or accepted traction devices between Dotsero and Morrison along I-70. Failing to do so can result in a penalty for non-compliance of $50, plus a $17 surcharge. When the chain law is implemented during inclement weather, the fine is $500 plus a $79 surcharge or, if you are stuck and blocking any traveled portion of the roadway, the fine is $1,000 plus a $157 surcharge. Commercial vehicle operators are encouraged to sign up for text and email alerts offered through coloradodot.info
For additional information, contact Detective Sgt. Luke Causey at 970-479-2346 or email@example.com.