Sep 12, 2020 -- Posted by : goi70

Summer is over, and due to Colorado's propensity to have unpredictable snowstorms, the Traction Law is now in effect! Each year from September 1 to May 31, the traction law is active at ALL TIME (sun or snow). To be in accordance, all drivers on I-70 must comply with one of the three following:

  • 1: AWD/4WD vehicle AND required minimum tread depth of 3/16"


  • 2: 2WD vehicle AND M+S designated tires OR Winter designated tires OR All-Weather designated tires AND required minimum tread depth of 3/16"


  • 3: 2WD vehicle (without M+S/Winter/All-Weather tires) AND alternative traction device (like chains or an AutoSock, etc.)

For those who have paid close attention to previous iterations of the law, fall 2019's update changed required tread depth from 2/16" to 3/16" for all tires. Failure to drive with the proper combination of vehicle type, tire type, tread depth, and/or traction device listed above will result in fines that can range from $130 all the way up to $650 (with highest fines being imposed for vehicles that spin out and block the road due to lack of appropriate tires). And yes, it is possible to be ticketed for non-compliance on a sunny September afternoons!

As fellow I-70 drivers, skiers, and Colorado residents, it is important that we adhere to these new traction laws to help prevent unnecessary collisions and further traffic delays. Have any spare quarters lying around? Check your tire tread and make sure that you’re set for the season. Spread the word and make sure that friends and family know about these regulations as well!


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