MOTORISTS driving over this famous mountain pass have been warned of the high tolls they could face if they are not prepared.
Seasonal chain laws have gone into effect on portions of I-70 in Colorado.
The tire accessory helps drivers of large vehicles maintain traction in snow, which can be particularly dangerous on this steep stretch of road.
Commercial vehicles that have more than 16 seats or weigh more than 16,000 pounds are required to carry chains over a portion of the pass between Sept. 1 and May 31 each year, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported.
This rule applies from Morrison, about 20 miles southwest of Denver, to Dotsero, another 130 miles west.
The fine for failing to carry chains through the affected route is $50 plus a $17 surcharge.
There is also a $500 fine and a $79 surcharge for those who fail to chain themselves when the law is in effect.
Drivers who end up blocking the highway for violating the chain law will be fined $1,000 and surcharged $157.
According to CDLLife, Colorado State Police troopers are currently enforcing the rule and training drivers in Dotsero.
Officials will camp there until Friday.
“The CMV Chain Law as well as the Passenger Vehicle Traction Law can be implemented on I-70 at any time and drivers must be prepared,” said Sergeant Troy Kessler.
This section of I-70 is an important corridor for many long-haul truckers.
There, in 2019, truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the traffic below.
He killed four people and caused a 28-car pileup.
Aguilera was initially sentenced to 110 years in prison, but this was reduced to ten years due to public outrage.
Many tourists use I-70 to get to popular ski resorts like Vail and Aspen, which can cause heavy traffic on many winter weekends.