PORTLAND, Ore. (July 13, 2012)—The chief supporter of a ban on studded snow tires in Oregon said he will continue to fight, despite falling short of the signatures needed to get an initiative to ban studs on the Oregon ballot in November.
Jeff Bernards, author of the measure to ban studs and proprietor of the “Preserving Oregon Roads” website at banstuddedtires.com, needed 80,000 signatures to get the measure on the state ballot. He received around 10,000.
“We had 150 volunteers requesting signature kits, and 130 people made donations to help fund the cause,” Bernards wrote in a note on the website thanking his supporters. “Unfortunately, we were unable to raise the necessary funds needed to hire paid signature gatherers.”
However, Bernards promised he would take the issue to the Oregon legislature in 2013.
“Through the course of the initiative campaign, we have secured the support of 15 legislators and numerous local government officials,” he said. “We have begun to build a coalition of Oregonians that want to preserve our valuable infrastructure, and we won't stop until we get studded tires off our roads.”
Along with advocating a ban on studs, the “Preserving Oregon Roads” website recommends various studless winter tire technologies.