The law in Oregon and Washington requires commercial truck drivers to chain up in snow zones. The Washington State Patrol recently conducted a crackdown on the drivers along Interstate 90 and Interstate 82.
According to WSP statistics, crashes from Snoqualmie Pass to Yakima saw a 21 percent increase in crashes from 2016 to 2017, while there was a 50 percent increase in commercial vehicle crashes. The crackdown was to educate the drivers to the hazards, and explain the state’s chain laws, not to ticket them. Additional troopers have been assigned to the more hazardous areas.
Failure to carry chains in Washington state brings a $136 fine. Failure to put on chains when they’re required packs a fine of $500. Fines in Oregon can range from the lowest of $80 to a corporate fine of $1,000.