A sure sign of springtime is the approach of Oregon's deadline to remove studded tires from motor vehicles by Thursday, April 1.

Drivers stopped with studded tires still on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violations which carries a maximum of $150 fine.

An estimated $11 million is spent each year repairing damage to city streets, county roads and state highways that is attributed to studded tires, according to Doug Tindall, Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance engineer.

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