Gov. Evers declares Nov. 29 'Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day' in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed Monday, Nov. 29 "Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day" in Wisconsin. It's meant to remind drivers of the need to give snowplow drivers the space to do their jobs safely.

“Wisconsin’s snowplow drivers work long hours in often tough conditions to ensure safe roadways,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Craig Thompson said in a release. “We applaud them for their dedication to safety and service, and also ask that drivers do their part for safe winter maintenance operations. Always give snowplows room to work and, when possible, avoiding travel during storms.”

While there's not even a dusting of snow on the ground in most areas of Southeast Wisconsin this Nov. 29, once there is snowplow drivers will work around the clock to make sure roads are safe for all drivers. 

Wisconsin DOT shared these tips and reminders for drivers to ensure everyone makes it home safely: 

  • Before traveling, call 511 or go online to check on road conditions and possible incidents. Consider downloading the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app.

  • Buckle up, phone down. Watch what’s happening ahead of you and allow plenty of following distance.

  • Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by drivers going too fast for conditions. Posted speed limits apply when travel conditions are ideal. Drivers are advised to slow down when roads are slick or visibility is reduced.

  • Stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. Make sure that you can see the plow’s mirrors to ensure the driver can see you.

  • If you must pass, be careful. Snowplows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure vision. Remember that road conditions in front of the plow will likely be worse.

  • Don’t be over-confident if you operate a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle. They still require a considerable distance to stop on slick roadways.

  • During major winter storms, postpone or cancel your trip. Stranded motorists and vehicles become hazards that interfere with snow removal efforts.
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