The Oregon Department of Transportation did not extend the studded tire season past the end of the day April 4.

Weather forecasts predict the usual patterns for this time of year and do not warrant further extension.

This doesn’t mean it won’t snow in the mountains; this doesn’t mean that travel conditions in Oregon snow zones won’t be difficult or even hazardous. It simply means that travelers must use other types of traction tires or chains if they must travel when weather conditions present difficulties — or they should postpone their travel until conditions change for the better.

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains because studded tires cause close to $50 million damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways, according to the department. About $11 million is spent each year repairing studded tire damage.

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.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles in Oregon after the deadline may be charged with a Class C traffic violation, which currently carries a minimum $190 fine.

Drivers are encouraged to check road conditions at www.TripCheck.com or call 511 if they are headed into inclement weather.

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