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Colorado DA beefing up penalty for truckers who don’t chain up

Alex Miller
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Saying existing fines don’t do enough to penalize truckers for not chaining up during snowstorms, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Friday his office is adding an additional penalty.

Along with fines of $500 or $1,000, the DA will add a charge of “failing to obey a traffic control device,” which would deduct four points from a trucker’s license.

“There really is no excuse for a trucker to not chain up,” Hurlbert said in a press release. “There are plenty of spots now all the way from Denver to Dotsero, and if a person does not know how to put on chains there is a service that will do it for them.”

As it stands now, Hurlbert said, chain-law non-compliance fines are often paid by the trucking company, not the individual trucker, which has apparently provided little in the way of deterrence. The new charge that carries a point penalty will hopefully do more, Hurlbert said.

“The impact on our community is huge when a trucker does not put on their chains,” he said. “I felt it was important for us do treat it seriously. Ultimately, though, I hope the truckers chain up and we do not have to put this into place. We simply want the highway to be kept open.”

The new charge would apply to the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Summit, Eagle, Clear Creek and Lake counties. Getting truckers to chain up has been of particular focus on Interstate 70, the state’s major east-west thoroughfare through the mountains.