Winter driving along Colorado roads can be hazardous. However, installing good tires or snow chains on your car may not be enough to keep you safe. Often times the negligence of others is a public safety hazard just waiting to happen. In an attempt to avoid such negligence, the Colorado’s House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 1036.
The bill warrants drivers who drive on I-70 between Morrison and Dotsero to have adequate winter driving equipment from October 1 to May 15 or face a fee. Currently, the law on the books enforces these winter driving precautions but only when the Colorado Department of Transportation announces a Code 15, which indicates dangerous winter road conditions. However, by the time CDOT announces a Code 15, many ill-equipped vehicles are already driving on I-70 in the heart of the Colorado Mountains.
The repercussions of vehicles on I-70 without proper winter driving equipment often include road closures, car accidents and winter driving headaches. As a driver in Colorado you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not other vehicles on the road are safely equipped for winter driving.
If the Colorado State Senate approves the measure, then many drivers along I-70 will have winter driving peace of mind. However, if you are involved in an accident with an irresponsible driver, the members of R. Mack Babcock’s Law Offices are experienced car accident lawyers who can support you in your time of need. We can offer years of experience in auto accident law, and we also provide many resources on what to do if you’re involved in a car accident or how to file a legal claim in such a situation.
For more winter driving tips, be sure to read our article: “Tips for Safely Traveling Colorado Roads During the Winter”.