The Colorado Department of Transportation will again partner this winter with Colorado State Patrol to increase awareness and enforcement of passenger vehicle traction laws. See

And Chalat Hatten & Banker are again sponsors of the program through our partnership with CDOT!

Under current Colorado law, when CDOT implements passenger vehicle traction laws due to a snowstorm or icy conditions, passenger cars traveling through the corridor must have snow tires, all-season tires, chains or an autosock. If a car is in an accident or spins out and does not have one of these features, the driver may be fined $250.

Passenger vehicle chain laws, which are implemented less frequently, will also be enforced. The law requires all passenger vehicles, regardless of tire type, to be chained during the worst of road conditions. According to CDOT, the passenger chain law was only implemented twice last year, as it is usually enforced shortly before road closures.

To further promote tire safety, both CDOT and CSP will offer discount coupons on snow tires throughout the state. In Summit County, a 10 percent discount will be available at Big O Tires through March, with a flyer distributed by state troopers. Winter tire treads are shaped to move snow and slush away from the wheel, as well as provide better traction.

A CDOT survey from last year showed that 70 percent of the public said they had checked their tire tread before travelling through the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, and 46 percent said they purchased new tires.

In addition to CDOT’s efforts, Colorado representatives will once again push for an I-70 tread law that was proposed last January. While the bill passed the Colorado House in the 2015 legislative session, it was reduced to a study under the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill will be reintroduced in the 2016 legislative session under Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat.

The sole change under the proposed legislation would be requiring winter tires, all-season tires or alternative traction devices for passenger vehicles between mile markers 133 and 259 during icy or snowy conditions, a broader requirement than that based upon CDOT calling a Code 15 (passenger vehicle traction law.)

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