According to the Washington State Department of Transportation web-site, studded tires must be removed from all motor vehicles by April 1st.
As I sit and write this, it is snowing in the greater Seattle area but the law is the law and studded tires must be removed. According to the WSDOT, both Washington and Oregon has an April 1 deadline for studded tires.
Washington State Patrol troopers will write a ticket which has a $124 fine for anyone caught with studded tires after the deadline. People driving on studded tires are easy for the WSP patrol to find as there is a distinctive sound of tires on pavements, and of course, there are the sparks at night time.
The WSDOT warns motorists, however, to anticipate winter driving conditions. The mountain passes such as Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie and State Route 2 at Stevens pass are likely to be treacherous for a few more weeks. WSDOT advises drivers to carry chains and to monitor weather forecasts.
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