The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has announced several Chain Law enforcement activities planned for late September and October.
CSP’s Golden Division will partner with the Colorado State Patrol Port of Entry in Dumont and the Colorado Department of Transportation to set up a series of Chain Law checkpoints near Georgetown on I-70 at mile marker 228 (Georgetown Chain Station).
The purpose of the checkpoints is to educate truckers about Colorado’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Chain Law.
CSP says that all CMV drivers will be required to obey specific signage directing them to the checkpoint. If a CMV driver fails to stop, CSP troopers will be set up specifically to stop those failing to comply.
See below for checkpoint dates and times.
- September 27, 2022 – 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- October 4, 2022 – 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- October 14, 2022 – 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
- October 17, 2022 – 10a.m. —6 p.m.
- October 26, 2022 – 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
The penalty for non-compliance with winter driving restrictions is a fine up to $500 plus a $79 surcharge or, if you are stuck and blocking any traveled portion of the roadway the fine is $1,000 plus a $157 surcharge, according to CSP.
While CSP — Golden has been performing chain law checks this month, troopers said that those taking place in September are primarily for educational purposes. However, starting in October, “these checkpoints will become strict enforcement.“
During our first Chain Law Carry / Alternative Traction Device compliance event, only 62% of CMV drivers on I-70 @ Georgetown were in compliance.
— CSP Golden (@csp_golden) September 9, 2022
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) requires that commercial vehicle drivers (GCWR/GVWR of 16,001 pounds or more) traveling on I-70 between mile markers 133 (Dotsero) and 259 (Morrison) carry sufficient chains from September 1 through May 31 each year.