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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

As we are still in the snow season, use caution when driving on roads during a winter storm. This is especially important at night when it may not be easy to see ice on the road. Don’t tailgate as stopping time may be longer. Following the vehicle in front of you too closely can result in four points being assessed against your driver’s license.

Be very careful when you are driving in a construction or school zone. The speed limits are almost always reduced. Moreover, fines for speeding in a construction or school zone are doubled. Failing to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights is a six-point offense against your driver’s license.

No matter where you are driving, always yield to a pedestrian who is in the crosswalk.

If you see an emergency vehicle on the shoulder of the road, you are required to move over one lane to give the emergency vehicle and workers room. If traffic conditions do not permit you to move over, you must significantly reduce your speed. If the emergency vehicle is behind you, you must yield the right-of-way. Failure to do so will result in four points assessed against your driver’s license.

For you outdoor enthusiasts, please keep in mind that it is a violation of Colorado law to operate a snowmobile in a careless or reckless manner. If you get into an accident while operating a snowmobile, you must report the accident to authorities. Also, it is illegal to operate a snowmobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Be safe and enjoy our wonderful winter!

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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