Colorado to outlaw 'rolling coal' of cyclists by trucks

The practice involves modifying exhausts to create plumes of black smoke

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Cyclists, pedestrians and many other drivers can breathe easier now as the Colorado legislature has passed a bill banning 'coal rolling,' or the practice of pick-up truck drivers purposefully spewing thick, black diesel exhaust fumes on other road users from illegally modified exhaust systems.

Senate Bill 278, which creates a traffic infraction of $100, passed in a 40-25 vote Tuesday in the Colorado legislature and is headed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk for final review.

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