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 was challenged 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