El Dorado County traction ordinance takes effect
November 25, 2017
With another winter storm in the forecast for the Tahoe Basin, motorists in El Dorado County are getting a reminder regarding new traction laws approved this past summer.
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the Traction Control Devices Ordinance on July 25 earlier this year. It allows the county to put up warning signs mandating that all motorists have traction control devices on specified country roads. New warning signs concerning traction control devices were installed in the South Lake Tahoe and Meyers area of El Dorado County in October.
If unacceptable traction control devices are used and the driver loses traction, impedes traffic or contributes to an accident, that driver can be liable or cited for towing costs or other violations and fines, according to a press release from the county.
Supervisor Sue Novasel, whose district includes the Lake Tahoe portion of the county, championed the ordinance. A Christmas Valley resident, Novasel saw first-hand the traffic issues that occurred when motorists took to back roads in an attempt to avoid snowy, car-clogged primary roadways this past winter.
"Until we have something stable, I hesitate to say too much, but we are trying," Novasel told a sizable crowd during a meeting she spearheaded back in February. "But trust me, I know what's going on here. I drive these streets every Sunday."