Checks show most truckers have chains
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado State Patrol and the Vail Police Department completed seven days of inspections for all eastbound Interstate 70 commercial vehicles at the Dotsero emergency truck parking and at the Vail chain-up station. The dates of the inspections were Aug. 29, Sept. 4-7, and Oct. 9 and 10.
The inspection in August resulted in 643 commercial vehicles checked with 180 trucks without chains on board. This is a 72 percent compliance rate even though drivers are not required to carry chains in August.-
During the September and October commercial vehicles inspections, a total of 3,142 eastbound commercial vehicles were checked. Of the 3,142, a total of 71 did not have chains on board. This is a 97.75 percent compliance rate.-
Commercial vehicles operating on I-70 in either direction between mileposts 133 (Dotsero) and 259 (Morrison) from Sept. 1 to May 31 must carry sufficient chains at all times to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law.
The fine for not carrying chains on I-70 between mileposts 133 and 259 from Sept. 1 to May 31 is $69.50. Statewide, the fine for not chaining up when the chain law is in effect is $581.50. The fine for not chaining up and subsequently blocking the highway is $1,159.50.
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