DENVER (CBS4)– A new law aims to stop so-called “coal rollers” from intentionally blasting black smoke into the air.
Some diesel truck owners are modifying their engines and disabling pollution controls so they can intentionally blast black smoke. It’s called “rolling coal” and now a new law in Colorado aims to stop it.READ MORE: Recent Crashes Involving Semis On I-70 Prompt CDOT To Make Major Adjustment To Summit County Roadwork
Coal rollers, as they call themselves, have posted videos online of souped-up diesels spewing clouds of black soot, making it impossible to see, and in some cases, hard to breathe.READ MORE: Sally Strelecki, Woman Shot By Bullet Through Apartment Wall, Regains Consciousness And Defies Odds
Many of them do it to flaunt environmental regulations.
“It’s harassing behavior, it’s bullying and it’s a new law that we had to put into effect because there weren’t any,” said Rep. Joann Ginal, a Democrat representing Fort Collins.MORE NEWS: Colorado Governor Orders Flags Lowered On Tuesday After Death Of Firefighter Darcy Stallings
Violators face a $100 fine. Fort Collins is one of the places where it’s become increasingly popular, especially along College Avenue.