Studded tire season won't be extended past March 31

If you've got studded tires on your car, state officials want you to know that today is the last day studded tires are allowed on the road.

If drivers are caught using them after today's deadline you could be slapped with a $190 fine.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) say studded tires take a toll on roads. Oregon spends about 11million dollars a year fixing the damage that originates from the use of studded tires.

ODOT encourages you to consider other types of traction tires or chains. A study completed in 2000 concluded studded tires cause at least $40 million damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways. Other types of traction tires are available.

These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. Research shows these tires provide better traction than studded tires when used on bare pavement.

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