***Repost of this week’s traffic safety tip for better resolution:
Those of us who live and work in rural Colorado enjoy the slower pace and sometimes quirkiness of the country. One of those quirky things are our county roads. They can be steep, rocky, winding and barely wide enough for one vehicle. But they are still maintained by the county and therefore classified as a highway. All the regular laws of the road apply, and in addition there are some other special rules that apply to these “Mountain Highways”, a/k/a, county roads:
-If you don’t see a posted speed limit, then the speed limit is 20mph in the curves and 40 mph in the straight portions.
-While traveling through defiles or canyons or on mountain highways, you must hold your vehicle under control and as near to the right-hand edge of the highway as possible. If you are unable to drive entirely to the right of the center of the roadway, you must honk your horn upon approaching any curve where the view is obstructed within a distance of two hundred feet along the highway.
-On grades that are more than 6%, vehicles traveling up the grade have the right-of-way over vehicles traveling down, unless the ascending vehicle has a pull-out.
-When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
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