"HB15-1173 specifies that between Nov. 1 and passenger vehicles traveling between Morrison and Dotsero on I-70 'must have adequate tread depth on their tires or carry chains or other traction devices.'"
Apparently fines of up to $500 can be issued if you're the one responsible for a pile-up and your tread is less than 1/8 of an inch. Did anyone spin out on I-70 and receive a ticket last season? While I'm sure everyone in the state would love to have a new set of snow tires, it's just not possible for some people, money wise. I don't think this will stop anyone from driving to the mountains with a crap set of tires--especially college kids living off of Totino's and PBR.
Seems like another way to snag money from people who can't afford it in the first place. Personally, I see more reckless driving from the armored tanks (see Suburbans and Tahoe's with oversized tires and grill guards bombing in the left lane) than the scared to death group of kids up from Texas in the Honda Civic.
Bad drivers cause the delays in my opinion. I'd rather have a set of balding tires than a lack of common sense when driving into the mountains. Grumble grumble....
Turn on some relaxing music, proceed to the right lane and chill out for crying out loud. Can't wait for the I-70 madness to ensue. It's truly a mental game: patience, unbridled optimism and a little masochism for good measure. I-70 here I come.