Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Governor declares November 30 Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day

Proclamation calls on drivers to give snowplows room to work, stay off roadways if possible during severe winter storms

By - Nov 28th, 2016 01:07 pm

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Wednesday, November 30 as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin. The Governor’s proclamation highlights the important role snowplow operators play in keeping people and commerce moving throughout Wisconsin’s winter season.

“At the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), we have a nationally-unique and highly-valued partnership with county highway departments across the state who do an outstanding job keeping state roadways clear of snow and ice,” said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “County and municipal plow operators work long hours under difficult conditions. As drivers, we need to do our part by giving them room to work and staying off roads when severe winter weather makes travel treacherous.”

To enhance public safety and assist plow operators, WisDOT offers motorists the following tips:

  • Before traveling, call 511 or go online (511wi.gov) to check on road conditions and possible incidents. Consider downloading the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app.
  • Buckle up, 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 required 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 is able to 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.
  • During major winter storms, postpone or cancel your trip. Stranded vehicles become hazards that interfere with snow removal efforts.
  • 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.

Press Releases by Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross names Bob Seitz as department’s Deputy Secretary

He founded Arrowhead Strategies, LLC, providing lobbying, grassroots and crisis management services to state and national clients.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wisconsin DOT joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

Two-way data share hopes to ease congestion and better inform motorists

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

New online Driver Report of Crash form to replace paper form

The Driver Report of Crash in paper form will no longer be available for completing and mailing to WisDOT for crashes that occur after Dec. 31, 201

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

State traffic deaths increased by nearly 6 percent in 2016

To prevent deaths and injuries in the upcoming year, WisDOT along with its traffic safety partners will intensify many safety initiatives

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *