DOT extends studded tire removal deadline to April 11
April 6, 2010
Due to the threat of wintry weather in the Cascades, state Department of Transportation officials have extended the deadline to remove studded tires beyond the original April 1 deadline.
Drivers must remove studded tires by April 11. Otherwise, the Washington State Patrol will enforce a $124 fine against motorists caught with the winter gear after the deadline. State law typically allows studded tires between Nov. 1 and March 31.
Officials said studded tires damage the highway. The tires also make it more difficult to stop on wet or dry pavement. In icy conditions, however, studded tires can help drivers gain traction.
Find driving tips, and learn about the agency’s winter roadway operations, snow and ice removal and avalanche control at the winter driving Web site.