The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) announced two I-70 enforcement operations to ensure that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are following the state’s chain laws.
CSP troopers will be conducting CMV chain check operations on Wednesday, October 4 and Friday, October 13 along eastbound I-70 at exit 133 in Dotsero.
Troopers conducting the operations will primarily focus on enforcing Colorado’s chain law and educating truck drivers about the dangers of Glenwood Canyon with variable speed limits and the right lane travel restriction.
“CMV chain law as well as the passenger vehicle traction law can be implemented any time on I-70 and drivers need to be prepared,” said Sergeant Troy Kessler.
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.
The fine for not carrying chains on I-70 between mileposts 133–259 from September 1–May 31 is $50 plus a $17 surcharge. The fine for not chaining up when the chain law is in effect is $500 plus a $79 surcharge. The fine for blocking a highway as a result of not chaining up is $1,000 plus a $157 surcharge, according to CDOT.