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Studded tires now legal on Oregon highways

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Drivers can once again use studded tires on Oregon roadways, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon state law allows their use through March 31.

However, because studded tires can damage Oregon highways, ODOT encourages drivers to consider using chains or non-studded traction tires. The state spends $11 million a year fixing roads and bridges damaged by studded tires.

Research shows that studded tires are more effective than all-weather tires on icy roads, but are less effective in most other conditions because they may reduce traction between the road and the tire.

Studless traction tires that meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall. The symbol depicts a three-peaked mountain and snowflake.

Drivers can use studded tires in Oregon from Nov. 1 through March 31. Driving with studded tires before Nov. 1 or after March 31 is a Class C violation and carries a $190 fine.

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