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November 20 is Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin

November 13, 2013

Governor’s proclamation praises snowplow drivers’ efforts to make roads safer and keep traffic moving

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Wednesday, November 20, as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin. The Governor’s proclamation acknowledges the steadfast efforts of the state’s snowplow drivers to make roadways safer and keep traffic moving during winter storms.

The proclamation also encourages motorists to be cautious whenever they encounter snowplows and to limit their driving during severe storms to avoid becoming stuck or stalled in their vehicle, which impedes snow removal efforts.

"Removing snow and ice from more than 100,000 miles of roads and streets in Wisconsin is a tremendous challenge performed primarily by county and municipal highway departments," said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "Snowplow drivers frequently work extremely long hours during hazardous weather to make roadways safer and keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible. Their dedicated efforts help all of us travel during the winter while also maintaining the delivery of goods and services to support our state's businesses and industries. They do their jobs, so we should do our part."

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers these safety tips for driving during winter weather especially when snowplows are on the road:

  • State law requires that you stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. When you’re following a snowplow, make sure that you can see the driver’s mirrors to ensure the driver is able to see you. You never know when a snowplow driver may have to back up.
  • If you have to pass a working snowplow, be careful. The snowplow may create a cloud of snow that could obscure your vision. Also, remember that the roadway behind the snowplow is in better condition than the roadway in front of it.
  • Before traveling, call 511 or go online to Wisconsin 511 to check road conditions.
  • If there’s ice and snow, take it slow. The posted speed limits are based on dry pavement. Those speed limits may be hazardous when roads are slick or visibility is reduced. Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by driving too fast for conditions.
  • And always buckle up, pay attention to traffic and road conditions, slowdown and drive sober to help reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to "Zero in Wisconsin."

For more information, contact:
Michael Sproul, Bureau of Highway Operations
(608) 266-8680, michael.sproul@dot.wi.gov

 

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