Traffic officials urge drivers to pay attention to new snow plow light regulations

Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 4:03 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:56 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Wisconsin County Highway Association and Wisconsin DOT officials are reminding drivers to be aware of the current winter conditions and the use of fluorescent green warning lights on municipal vehicles throughout Wisconsin.

Why green? The DOT says green lights create a greater contrast on the surroundings making the lights, and the plows, much more visible to drivers which reduces the risk of accidents.

The state legislature passed new lighting options for municipal vehicles earlier this year to allow the use of the new fluorescent green warning lights on municipal vehicles.

Robbie Krejci P.E., St. Croix County Highway Commissioner and Chairman of the WCHA Legislative Committee says, “These new lighting options have proven to increase driver awareness significantly, creating a safer winter driving experience for the public, along with the safety of our operators clearing snow on roadways across the state.” Krejci also reminds drivers that as the weather turns to winter, county priorities shift to winter maintenance activities.

Portage County Highway Commissioner Nathan Check says, “Typical plow operations we’re going 25 mph when we’re on the 70 mph interstate system. That’s a pretty big speed differential. So if they do see these green lights on they gotta take their foot off the gas they gotta start reducing speed before they get to us.”

Roland Hawk P.E., Wood County Highway Commissioner and President of the WCHA says, “These lighting options will help drivers to distinguish between our operators attempting to clear the lanes of travel for the public and the private section plowing parking lots and driveways, creating a safer environment for all.”

The WCHA tells drivers to slow down, drive with care, and watch for the new green warning lights in combination with the traditional yellow warning lights. This helps drivers be more aware of municipal vehicles working on the roadways as the winter season creeps in.