Truckers checked for chains in Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Troopers from the Colorado State Patrol and representatives from the state’s Motor Carrier Safety Section, along with officers from the Vail Police Department, conducted chain law inspections of commercial trucks last week as part of an overall educational effort. The checks were used to determine if the truckers were in compliance with a state law requiring them to have snow chains in their possession from Sept. 1 to May 31.
The inspections took place Sept. 9 and 10 on Interstate 70 in the eastbound chain up area at mile marker 178 in Vail. Of the 817 trucks checked, 677, or 83 percent, of the trucks were carrying chains, while 140 were not, a 17 percent non-compliance rate. No citations were issued.
Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger says the two-day inspections were a good reminder to the trucking industry of the need to carry chains to ensure safe passage over Vail Pass during the winter.
A second inspection will take place Sept. 23-24 in which citations will be issued. The law carries a penalty of $69.50 for non-compliance.