Starting next week, drivers who still have studded tires on their vehicles in southern areas of Alaska may be pulled over by Alaska State Troopers as the first of two tire-removal deadlines passes Sunday.

State law calls for studded tires to be removed from vehicles south of 60 degrees north latitude – in Southeast Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak – before April 15. Sterling Highway vehicles are exempted from the Sunday deadline.

“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.”

May 1 is the statewide deadline for the removal of studded tires affecting Anchorage, most of the Kenai Peninsula and the Mat-Su.

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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