State extends studded tire deadline to April 7

March 25, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. March 25, 2011

Motorists can keep studded tires on vehicles until April 7, because the state Department of Transportation has extended the deadline to remove the winter-weather gear.

The agency extended the studded tire deadline because forecasts call for possible winter driving conditions across the mountain passes and higher-elevation areas. However, if motorists fail to meet the April deadline, they could be cited by law enforcement officers.

“While we’ve extended the deadline, we’re asking drivers who live in lower elevations to remove their studded tires before April 7,” Chris Christopher, DOT director of maintenance operations, said in a release.

State law allows motorists use studded tires from Nov. 1 until March 31, unless the state changes the deadline.

Despite the extended deadline, officials remain concerned about possible roadway damage related to studded tires. In addition, research shows studded tire-equipped vehicles require longer stopping distance.

The agency encouraged drivers to work with local tire dealers to determine the best tires for vehicles and driving conditions, including traction tires meant for legal and safe year-round use.

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