TRUCKING ADVISORY: Blizzard is reminder of importance to follow chain laws

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Nov. 27, 2019

Oregon chain law requires all vehicles to carry or use chains in snow zones posted by signs under Oregon Administrative Rule 734 Division 17.

Failure to follow chain laws can not only result in a citation but also crashes, injuries, and major delays for both motor carriers and the traveling public.

As you know, the days around Thanksgiving are among the busiest times of year for highway passenger travel.

Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers wrote a total of 63 citations Tuesday for failure to carry chains:

  • Ashland southbound – 25
  • Booth Ranch southbound – 28
  • Farewell Bend – 10 for failure to carry and 10 for failure to use


Motor carriers heading east on Highway 22 toward the Santiam Pass on Tuesday showed a much higher compliance rate. Out of 74 trucks checked during the day, all but one were carrying the required number of chains.

Remember to:

  • Carry chains and know how to use them.
  • Check or call 5-1-1 for latest road and weather conditions.
  • Give yourself extra time and slow down and drive for conditions.
  • Carry supplies for you and your passengers – blankets, food, water, and medications

More on Oregon chain law:



Santiam Pass on Nov. 26

Vehicles heading east on Oregon 22 toward the Santiam Pass on Tuesday, Nov. 26, needed to use chains in the snow zone, as required by state law.

Vehicles approaching the snow zone near the Santiam Pass on Oregon 22 need to carry chains and use them when signs indicate it.