Oregon Studded Tire Ban Initiative (2012)
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According an estimate by the Oregon Department of Transportation and news reports, studded tires can cause an estimated $40 million in damage annually. "It’s gripping the asphalt; it’s actually digging a small hole in the asphalt," said Dave Thompson, spokesman for ODOT. According to Thompson an estimated $11 million is spent to repair the damage. Proposals regarding studded tires have reportedly been proposed in the legislature since 1974.
Text of measure
The draft ballot title was:
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote eliminates (with exceptions) motorists' current ability to use studded tires from November to April and/or by permit, allows fines for such use.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains motorists' option to use studded tires November to April, other times if authorized by ODOT/other road authority, or if studs retractable.
Summary:Current Oregon law prohibits use of studded tires with specified exceptions; person committing unauthorized use of studded tires subject to fines, other penalties. One exception to the prohibition on studded-tire use allows motorists to use studded tires from November until April; ODOT has authority to shorten or lengthen the time period in which studded-tire use is permitted. Other exceptions allow use of retractable studded tires year round, and authorize ODOT/other road authorities to issue permits allowing studded-tire use at other times. Proposed measure eliminates these exceptions to studded-tire ban, resulting in year-round prohibition on use of studded tires, including retractable studded tires, and eliminating authority of ODOT/other road authorities to authorize studded-tire use by permit. Other provisions.
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Motivation of sponsors
- See also: List of ballot measure lawsuits in 2012
Lavey & Taylor v. Kroger
The proposed ballot language has been challenged since February 2011 by Dan Lavey and Anna Richter Taylor. Lavey and Taylor work for Gallatin Public Affairs whose clients include Les Schwab, a chain of stores that offer tires, wheels, brakes, shocks, and alignments.
- The court order can be found here.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.
- Oregon Public Broadcasting,"Studded Tire Opponents Aim For Oregon Ballot," December 14, 2011
- KDRV.com,"Studded Tire Ban Potentially On The Ballot," October 19, 2011
- Democrat Herald,"Initiative would ban studded tires in Oregon," April 5, 2011
- BikePortland.org,"Effort to ban studded tires moves forward: Signature gathering to start soon," January 27, 2011
- Daily Journal of Commerce,"Studded tire ban pushed by Oregon activist," April 1, 2010
- The Register Guard,"Ban on studded tires may go before voters," October 17, 2011
- KATU,"Man aims to place studded tire ban before voters," April 8, 2010
- KOHD,"Studded Tire Ban Initiative," April 7, 2010
- Oregon Secretary of State,"Modified ballot title," August 4, 2011
- The Oregonian,"Oregon Supreme Court allows Portland man's studded-tire ban proposal to move forward (poll)," October 13, 2011
- Oregon Supreme Court,"Daniel Lavey and Anna Richter Taylor v. John Kroger, Attorney General, State of Oregon," October 6, 2011
- Statesman Journal,"Studded tires target of man's initiative," February 3, 2011
- BikePortland.org "Studded tire ban fails to make ballot; effort turns to legislature," July 5, 2012