Recent snowstorms rocked the Denver Metro Area this week leaving many accidents and keeping CDOT workers very busy. To ensure motorist safety, Colorado has made some changes to the traction laws. Traction law can be put into effect by the state when the weather makes the roads extremely dangerous to drive on. While these laws have been around for some time, some new changes have been reported by The Colorado Department of Transportation. Colorado’s new traction laws are particularly significant for drivers on I-70 between Morrison and Dotsero. Here are the new laws and the fines you could receive if your vehicle isn't up to code.
Traction Law (Code 15)
During an active Traction Law , motorists must have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle.
The legislation, which were put in place in August, are aimed at drivers using state highways during winter months. Specifically, it changed the required minimum tire tread for vehicles on snowy roads to 3/16 of an inch. Under the statute, minimum tire tread for dry roads is still 2/16 of an inch. Motorists can also install chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock) to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren’t adequate.
Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16)
During severe winter storms, CDOT will implement a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (also known as a Code 16). This is the final safety measure before the highway is closed.
When the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law is in effect, every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).
Drivers in violation of the law could be slapped with fines of more than $130. If a vehicle blocks the road because it lacks proper equipment, the motorist could face a fine of more than $650.
The Colorado Department of Transportation serves as a useful resource for staying safe and in compliance with the laws during winter driving.
https://kdvr.com/2019/10/08/changes-to-colorado-traction-laws-in-effect-this-season/ By Dillon Landfried - Oct 30, 2019