The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to remove studded tires by Friday, according to a news release.
“We encourage drivers to not wait until the March 31 deadline to remove their studded tires, especially if they aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then,” said Luci Moore, state maintenance and operations engineer.
Studded tires are allowed in Oregon from Nov. 1 through March 31. While the law allows ODOT to extend the studded tire season when necessary, current weather forecasts do not support an extension this year. ODOT has extended the studded tire season past March 31 only four times in the past 15 years. Studded tire season will not be extended this year.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged by law enforcement with a Class C traffic violation, which carries a fine of nearly $200.