Studded tire deadline extended

Alaska drivers will be able to drive on all roads with studded tires until May 1, Joseph Masters, department of public safety commissioner, determined in an emergency order issued Tuesday.

April 15 is the normal deadline to remove studded tires for roads in Alaska south of 60 degrees north latitude, which is just south of Ninilchik and north of Happy Valley and Yakutat in Southeast, according to a press release.

Roads north of the geographic designation fall under the May 1 deadline. However, the Sterling Highway that runs across the Kenai Peninsula also falls under the normal May 1 deadline.

An Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said the extension should provide all motorists an “additional margin of safety on lingering winter roads.”

Driving with studded tires after the deadline could result in a correctable ticket with a $50 fine, according to the release.

— Staff report

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