Passenger Vehicle Traction & Chain Laws

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Passenger Vehicle Traction & Chain Laws

Post by ParkBull » Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:33 am

Passenger Vehicle Traction & Chain Laws

If weather conditions require, CDOT can implement Passenger Vehicle Traction and Chain laws. Motorists will be alerted to an active Traction Law or Chain Law by highway signage, COtrip.org or traffic/roadway condition alerts. (Sign up for alerts via text or email.).
Traction Law (Code 15)

During an active Traction Law (also known as a Code 15), motorists must have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread. You can also install chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock) to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren't adequate.

Find out if your tires meet the minimum one-eighth inch tread requirement by taking the Quarter Test.

Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16)

During severe winter storms, CDOT will implement a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (also known as a Code 16). This is the final safety measure before the highway is closed.

When the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law is in effect, every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).
Fines

Motorists driving with inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect could be fined more than $130.
If a motorist blocks the roadway because he/she has inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect, he/she could be fined more than $650.

Resources

Download a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law and Chain Law fact sheet.
See a printed version of the FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.codot.gov/travel/winter-driving/TractionLaw

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