Tuesday marks studded tire deadline for Alaska
Starting next week, drivers who still have studded tires on their vehicles may be pulled over by Alaska State Troopers as the second of two tire-removal deadlines passes Tuesday.
May 1 is the statewide deadline for the removal of studded tires above 60 degrees latitude affecting Anchorage, most of the Kenai Peninsula and the Mat-Su. The deadline for southern areas of the state passed on April 15.
“While studded snow tires can provide a level of certainty for drivers during winter months, they cause additional wear and tear on paved Alaska roads,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan said in a Wednesday statement on the deadline. “Winter driving conditions no longer impact the portion of the state south of 60 degrees north latitude, and Alaskans in those areas should make arrangements to have their studded tires removed.”
Troopers can fine drivers $50 for driving with studded tires beyond their local deadline, according to spokesman Tim DeSpain. In Anchorage, however, police can fine drivers $50 per tire.
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