|11/7/2012 9:56:00 AM|
Winter driving laws in effect
|From Alice Fiman|
Drivers traveling over Washington's mountain pass highways should carry a few extra items and for those piloting heavy trucks, that should becomes a must.
Starting Nov. 1, state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating to carry sufficient tire chains. This law also affects some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers that exceed 10,000 GVW.
State Patrol troopers will strictly enforce the Nov. 1 deadline.
The WSP will have a special chain-emphasis patrol in early November to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares. Failing to carry chains will cost drivers $124.
When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don't chain up will face a $500 penalty. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains, so the State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices when chain requirements are in place.
Studded tires do not meet the chain requirement and are legal for use only between Nov. 1 and March 31 in Washington. Drivers are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.
It takes just one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic. Always get the most recent roadway information.
, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the Washington State Department of Transportation's winter driving website.
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