Independence Pass trucking fines await governor

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DENVER (AP) Truckers who illegally use a mountain pass near Aspen would see higher fines under a bill that awaits the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The Senate voted 22-12 Tuesday to quadruple maximum trucking fines on Independence Pass, from $500 to $2,000. The House has already approved the bill.

Sponsors say the measure is needed to reduce the number of large trucks illegally crossing the pass to save time.

Independence Pass, which typically is open from Memorial Day through mid-November, is a scenic stretch of Highway 82 that connects Twin Lakes to Aspen. Oversized and overweight vehicles are prohibited from using the pass, as are all vehicles longer than 35 feet, regardless of weight or size.

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