La Crosse County Recognizes January as Highway Safety/Transportation Month
Wednesday, January 01, 2020 11:30 AM
The La Crosse County Board of Supervisors recognizes the difficult work of the County Highway Shop.
January is Highway Safety/Transportation Month. Use the following tips from the Wisconsin DOT as we enter the snowiest time of the year.
- Snowplows typically travel at 25-35 mph, which in many cases is significantly slower than the posted speeds. The driver's field of vision is also severely restricted.
- It is illegal (s.346.915, Wis. Stats.) to follow a snowplow closer than 200 feet upon any highway having a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph if the snowplow is engaged in snow and ice removal.
- It is legal to pass a snowplow but care should be taken when attempting this maneuver because it's often difficult to see past the snowplow because of the snow cloud. Also the snowplow's wing blade can extend up to 10 feet beyond the width of the truck. Many snowplow wing blades are hit each season by vehicles attempting to pass the snowplow.
- Between 1984-2004 there were 17 snowplows involved in fatal crashes in Wisconsin. (Snowplow crash information has not been gathered since 2004.)