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Craig briefs: AAA offers tips to avoid animal collisions

AAA offers tips to avoid animal collisionsAAA offers tips to avoid animal collisions

AAA offers tips to avoid animal collisions

Collisions with animals can be both dangerous and costly.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, animal collisions result in about 200 human fatalities per year. Last year, AAA Insurance policyholders in Colorado involved in animal-related collisions had an average automobile insurance claim of $4,662.

October, November and December are the worst months for animal collisions.

October and November are especially dangerous during deer mating season.

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As the days become shorter, drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk, which are times of high animal activity.

Animals may be more difficult to see as it gets darker earlier.

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Newspaper invites elected officials for event

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper on Jan. 6. The Daily Press is inviting city council and Moffat County commissioners to speak with newspaper representatives about how the paper can better cover government. Free coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

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Winter storm could impair travelers' plans

Motorists traveling in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Colorado and along the I-70 corridor could expect travel impacts due to a storm that started on Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service predicted the following.

■ The northern mountains and Steamboat Springs area could see 3 to 6 inches of snow starting Friday morning through Saturday. Up to a foot of snow is possible in the mountains by noon Saturday.

■ The southern and central mountains could get snow showers through Saturday morning with snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches and higher amounts possible. U.S. 550, I- 70 especially at Vail Pass, and all mountain passes will be affected.

CDOT reminds motorists to allow for extra travel time and to always be prepared when traveling during winter weather events. Winter driving tips can be found online at coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving.

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Winter travel tips can keep drivers safe, legal

■ Avoid a fine — Motorists should be aware the Traction Law (Code 15) and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) could be implemented if conditions require it. When either law is in effect, highway signage will be activated.

■ Traction law — Motorists will need snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M/S) designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.

■ Passenger vehicle chain law — Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).Without proper equipment, you can be fined $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.

■ Know before you go. Visit CDOT's traveler information site atcotrip.org; sign up for "CDOT Alerts" in your chosen area by visiting codot.gov and choosing the white envelope at the bottom of the page; log onto CDOT's Winter Driving web page at: codot.gov/travel/winter-driving for road conditions winter driving tips and other information for I-70 West Mountain Corridor travel, visit goi70.com.

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