Oregon, Traffic, Weather

Studded tire season ends March 31

A studded tire. Photo: Chas Hundley

OREGON - Drivers cruising along in an automobile or stopped in a busy parking lot often hear a clackety-clack from tires on nearby cars.

It’s not difficult to hear when a car owner continues using studded tires, swerving around Oregon law, by continuing to drive on them past the upcoming cutoff date.

The deadline in Oregon for changing studded tires back to “regular” tires is midnight Sunday, March 31, but that doesn’t deter many car owners from procrastinating about making the change at his or her pace and convenience, even at the risk of a presumptive $160 fine for a Class C equipment violation.

March 31 is the annual day the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) requires automobile owners to uninstall studded tires on their vehicle -- tires that are used to . . .

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