February 8, 2017

Move Over - It's the Law!

Every day on Interstate 70, first responders put their lives at risk to protect the public—especially while on the side of the road.  Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of death for on-duty law enforcement officers, fire, EMS, maintenance workers, and tow/recovery professionals.  In an effort to protect first responders and others, a new campaign is  educating motorists about the State’s “Move Over” law that require drivers to move over and/or slow down when approaching stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.

According to recent data, 52 law enforcement officers were killed in traffic-related incidents in 2015. Out of those killed in 2015, 11 officers were struck and killed outside their vehicles.   That’s why all drivers need to know the law and follow it.

In Colorado, State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency and maintenance vehicles that are displaying flashing lights, including tow trucks, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the closest lane. If it is not safe to do so, motorists must slow down to a reasonable speed safe for existing weather, road, and traffic conditions.

GoI70.com thanks all those folks working the very challenging I-70 mountain corridor to keep the traveling public safe.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Although we could see snow Friday night and on Sunday, travelers can count on precipitation on Saturday, with a rain/snow at lower elevations, and snow in the mountains and high mountain passes. 

Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:00-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB –
Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-Noon, with the peak delay time of occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Leave by 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds. Weather could add some travel time.

Saturday EB- Light to moderate traffic is likely to develop around 2:30 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Plan to leave after 6:00 pm to avoid peak traffic.  Snow roads could result in slower-than-usual travel speeds.

Sunday WB – Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday EB – Traffic is likely to build around 1:00 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Travel speeds should be back to normal by 7:00 pm.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.