Colorado State Patrol will crack down on illegal parking on Loveland and Berthoud passes, the agency said Thursday, days after a video showing scores of cars parked back-to-back along the road went viral amid concerns that the drivers were failing to appropriately social distance.
The areas have seen a “high influx” of skiers and hikers in recent days and that’s led to dangerous parking conditions, Trooper Josh Lewis said in a statement. Loveland Pass is a designated HAZMAT route and is critical for delivering supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, and vehicles that are parked alongside the road, or partially in the road, can obstruct that critical path.
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“Vehicles that park anywhere other than designated parking areas are subject to citations or being towed,” Lewis said in the statement.
U.S. 40 and U.S. 6 also are used by large commercial vehicles that must navigate tight turns and limited visibility, Lewis said. Those conditions are exacerbated when vehicles park on the shoulders.
“Additionally, last weekend, many people were seen walking in the roadway with their backs to traffic; not only improper but highly dangerous,” the release said.
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Extra state patrols will be in the area in the coming days.
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