ODOT: March 31 is the Deadline to Remove Studded Tires

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Drivers have until March 31, to remove studded tires or risk getting fined. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

As spring arrives, it’s time to remember studded tires must be removed by Sunday, March 31.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said long-term weather forecasts this year do not support an extension of the studded tire season.

“We encourage everyone to take off their studded tires before March 31, especially if you won’t be driving in the mountains,” said Galen McGill, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer.

Driving with studded tires after the deadline can result in a fine. Law enforcement may issue a citation, a Class C traffic violation, with a $165 fine.

While studded tires are allowed from November 1 to March 31, it’s better to use other options like traction tires or chains, according to ODOT. Studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage to state highways each year, according to a 2014 study.

ODOT  crews continue monitoring highways and weather forecasts, working to remove any late season snow or ice. Visit TripCheck.com for current conditions. After March 31, switch to traction tires or chains if needed, or consider postponing your travel until conditions improve.

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