MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Monday, November 19 as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin to acknowledge the steadfast efforts by plow drivers to make roadways safer and keep traffic moving before, during and after winter storms.
The proclamation also encourages motorists to exercise caution whenever they encounter snowplows and to limit their driving during severe storms to avoid becoming stuck or stalled in their vehicle, which slows down snow removal efforts.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation suggests winter drivers call 511 or go online to Wisconsin 511 to check road conditions before traveling.
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 poor. Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by driving too fast for conditions.
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 can 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.
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."
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