Inspection finds most Eagle County truckers have chains |

Inspection finds most Eagle County truckers have chains

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

DOTSERO, Colorado – On Sept. 23 and 24, Colorado State Patrol troopers inspected about 600 commercial trucks for possession of tire chains. The inspections took place at the emergency truck parking area on Interstate 70 at Dotsero.

Capt. Richard Duran says only 18 of the truck drivers were ticketed for not having chains. The 97 percent compliance rate is an improvement from an earlier inspection, which found 83 percent of the drivers to be carrying chains. That inspection took place Sept. 9 and 10 at the eastbound chain up area in Vail and involved checks of 817 commercial trucks.

This is the second year the Colorado State Patrol and the Vail Police Department have combined efforts to remind that they need tire chains.

State law requires truckers to have snow chains in their possession from Sept. 1 to May 31. The law carries a penalty of $69.50 for noncompliance.

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