Colorado district attorney stiffens chain law penalties

| 12/21/2009

In an area west of Denver, CO, that includes Interstate 70 on both sides of the Eisenhower Tunnel, truckers who fail to chain-up when conditions require it will face stiff new penalties.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert plans to knock four points off the license of any trucker who violates the chain law. That’s on top of a $500 to $1,000 fine. Hurburt’s district includes Summit, Eagle, Clear Creek and Lake counties.

The DA says there’s no excuse for not chaining up and that existing law is too lax.

The Summit Daily News quoted the head of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association as saying that the DA’s plan will stack penalties on top of each other. It also ignores the fact that the state legislature normally enacts such laws.