No more studded tires on Washington roads?

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A member of the Washington State Transportation Commission from Spokane says opposition to studded tires is gaining traction.

Joe Tortorelli says he supports a call to phase out studs to save millions on highway and street maintenance.

Tortorelli told The Spokesman-Review ending the use of studded tires is part of the commission’s 20-year plan.

Also, bills in the Washington Legislature propose that drivers who use studded tires pay a permit that could cost $100 a year. The money would help pay for roadway ruts caused by studs.

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31.

Officials say newer types of snow tires provide superior traction and safety without studs.

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  • Oh Well

    It’s a fact that they destroy the roads and road repair isn’t cheap. With the tire technology that exists there is no need for them, if the roads are that bad chain up or stay home. Don’t think about it, ban them.

    • alice smith

      Oh Well, Your comment is spoken like a true city dweller that has tunnel vision and is unable to comprehend any terrain other than their own environment. So ignorant that you can’t comprehend a fair amount of Washingtonians live in rural mountainous areas, where much is dirt or gravel road, that they travel on in the winter. It’s not only impractical, but unrealistic with your dismissive advice to use chains. Hmmm, wonder how much more damage would be caused on paved roads by people driving their chains on the road? What a stupid comment you made.

      • Oh Well

        Take a drive down I90 from Issaquah to Snoqualmie pass and take note of the ruts in the lanes and pot holes on the bridges they are in the center and left lanes not the slow lane, that is all caused by studded tires. Do you have an engineering back ground, probably not!

        • alice smith

          Oh Well, You prove my point about the tunnel vision. You would have the rights of people living in this state stolen from them based on one tiny portion of the state. One doesn’t need an engineering back ground to have common sense. Money is stolen from the tax payers of this state to pay for these roads, however, the state instead takes that money and dumps it into black holes like Bertha. (LOL, Bertha was probably engineer supported) Bottom line, the state DOT has not been accountable to taxpayer in how they’re spending tax funds. In fact, they’re downright irresponsible. They blow money right and left on stupid and unwanted by the taxpayer ‘projects only worthy of fools’, and then complain they don’t have the money to spend on the things that they were responsible to take care of in the first place.

      • Kim Dupin

        This person gets it. The only thing not mentioned is it is especially not practical to expect an elderly person to put chains on every time it snows or the roads freeze (i.e., black ice). I would guess that extensive use of chains does at least as much road damage or more. Also, how many more accidents, and possible deaths and injuries, would rack up large insurance liabilities? What sounds nice on paper does not often translate to reality. Seems to me another added burden to people who can’t afford hefty use payments.

  • IP: 174.34.753

    They lie. There is nothing superior on black ice then metal studded snow tires. Technology has not met that challenge and they are lying by trying to say otherwise. Any other road conditions does not cause a total lack of traction the way black ice does and there is only one tire that performs well on black ice – STUDS. The environmental poison the chemical companies are making millions on to stop black ice conditions from forming are killing plants and animals in nearby soils and streams. And the use of these chemicals increases drastically after studded tire bans because studded tires actually chip away at black ice, thereby making the roads safer for everyone. The DOTs math has never taken into consideration the lives that are at stake with a ban of studded tires.

    • IP: 174.34.753

      When the DOTs executives stop having meetings in exotic locations fully paid for by those same chemical companies, maybe then we should consider their opinions as anything more than shilling for those who have bought and paid for them.

  • alice smith

    Make no mistake about it… the politicians and bureaucrats are only after the fine money knowing full well that a fair amount of people in the state would be forced to pay their fine. This isn’t about road damage, but about stealing more from the taxpayers in the state. It will come to the point where these blood sucking leeches will attempt to tax and fine us for the very air that we breath.

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