WAUSAU, Wis (WAOW) — Harsh winter conditions are almost here, which means snowplows will be extremely active on the roads.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, since 2008 there have been more that 3,400 snowplow related crashes in Wisconsin. 571 of those crashes resulted in injuries, while 5 resulted in fatalities.
Wisconsin State Patrol accredits those numbers to drivers not giving snowplows enough room to work, which usually results in the plows being rear-ended.
“You can’t treat that as a regular vehicle, because they’re going to be going so slow. They’re traveling 25-40 mph when they’re plowing, so people need to just be aware of that,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Jon Pedersen. “If they see a plow up ahead of them, chances are they’re gonna come up on it pretty quick. They’re out there for a reason. If the plows are out there plowing, it’s inclement weather in Wisconsin so we should all be safer and slow down.”
Wisconsin law requires you to leave a minimum of 200 feet behind a plow, or you could face a fine of $175.