Law enforcement officers are taking an extra look at tire tread throughout Eagle, Garfield and Summit Counties this fall. Operation Tread Safe is a multi-agency partnership involving the Vail Police Department, Avon Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. To assist, officers, deputies and troopers are equipped with discount coupons for services from participating tire companies in Eagle County, Summit County and Garfield County. The discounts, which include savings on new tire purchases, are valid until April 1, 2019.
The goal of Operation Tread Safe is to create awareness about having proper tires and winter equipment for vehicles prior to winter driving conditions. This will ultimately help reduce crashes and road closures during the upcoming winter months. “Throughout the years, we’ve had crashes where the primary cause of the crash was lack of adequate tire tread depth and poor tire condition,” says Captain Richard Duran of the Colorado State Patrol. “The crashes range from minor fender benders to accidents resulting in death and many hour-long road closures.” Additionally, vehicles with inadequate tread have significantly slowed the opening of roadways through the mountain corridor.
This winter, like the previous winters, the Colorado Department of Transportation will be implementing the traction law for all passenger vehicles when road conditions require it. During an active Traction Law, 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.
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.