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Alaska's 2013 Studded Tire Deadline Slides to May 1

April 09, 2013|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — April 15 is still Tax Day across the U.S., but another deadline set to fall on the same day -- Alaska’s date for the removal of studded tires from motor vehicles -- is now three weeks away throughout the state.

According to a Tuesday statement from Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen, an emergency order from Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters has extended the deadline to May 1 for all roads in Alaska, due to recent snow and road conditions.

Under state law roads north of 60 degrees latitude, as well as the Sterling Highway, always fall under the May 1 deadline. Roads south of the line face an April 15 deadline -- unless an order like Tuesday’s, which Ipsen says has become fairly common, is issued.

“We’ve done this every year in the last four or five years,” Ipsen said. “In Southcentral Alaska, this doesn’t change a thing -- our deadline was always May 1.”

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According to Ipsen, the order should improve safety on affected roads as spring breakup continues.

“The emergency order gives motorists the option of driving with studded tires on all Alaska roads until May 1,” Ipsen wrote. “The extension should provide all motorists that additional margin of safety on lingering winter roads.”

Drivers using studded tires after May 1 could be issued a correctable $50 ticket under state law, but Ipsen points out that various cities in the state may have different tickets or fines.

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