To all of our Supporters and Volunteers,

The needless and harmful use of studded tire has been an aggravation for many of us for many years!  Thanks to our initiative drive and your support the issue has gained momentum like never before.  We had 150 volunteers requesting signature kits and 130 people made donations to help fund the cause.  Unfortunately we were unable to raise the necessary funds needed to hire paid signature gathers.  As a result we won’t make the ballot this November.

The good news is that this is the beginning not the end.  We are going to be taking this issue to the Legislature in 2013.  Through the course of the initiative campaign we have secured the support of 15 legislators & numerous local government officials.   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.

There have been seventeen attempts by the Oregon Legislature to ban or limit studded tire use.  So what is going to be different this time?  The answer is you and the over 10,000 other citizens who signed the Ban Studded Tires Initiative.

Not only will we have the facts and the science on our side… we will have a growing coalition of Oregonians who believe this is an important issue and will not allow special interest groups and their lobbyist to undermine this issue of good government and fiscal responsibility.

Here is what it’s going to take to continue this effort.  I need you and all of our supporters to do two simple task, each of which will take less than five minutes to accomplish.

1.      Please make a small contribution on our secure website at: www.PreservingOregonRoads.org.  The money that we raised for the initiative effort (and the $10,000 and 2 years unpaid commitment I have personally invested in this effort) has help us get here but… I need your help moving forward.

2.      Please call your local State Senator and State Representative and tell them that you support banning studded tires and urge them to join the coalition.  You can find your legislator by clicking www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

Again, there is no special interest group that is going to protect our roads… on this issue, it is just average citizens and common sense.

Thanks again for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bernards,

Preserving Oregon Roads – Campaign to Ban Studded Tires

PreservingOregonRoads.org
503-774-5659

p.s. Please shoot me a quick email after you reach out to your legislator and I will follow up with them as well.  Thanks!