All this snow is great when it comes to winter activities like skiing and
snowmobiling, but when it comes to driving - not so much. Many of us take several short cuts to avoid being out in the snow and cold, but they could put you in a dangerous and even illegal situation.
Sgt. Rich Reichenberger with the Wisconsin State Patrol says the most common violation he sees is people driving to fast for conditions. He says this can then lead to accidents and slide offs. Another mistake he sees often is people who are in accidents not taking the proper steps. Sgt. Reichenberger says, "If at all possible, safely make your way to the side of the road. Do not stay in the lanes of traffic. That can result in a multi-car pile-up like we saw a few weeks ago."
He also recommends once you get to the side of the road, call 911 and then stay in your car until help arrives.
Other common violations can get you a ticket (according to troopers):
Not clearing your snow off your car windows: Tickets start at $175
Driving too fast for conditions: Tickets start at $200
In Wisconsin, it's not law for you to turn on your head lights when it's snowing hard; however, Sgt. Reichenberger highly recommends it saying it makes you visible to other drivers. He says, "It should be common sense."
When the roads are snowy, the best thing you can do is slow down and give yourself a little extra time to get where you are going.
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